CAKE EYED AS MAJOR CONTRIBUTER TO OBESITY
July 17 2009
Washington, DC – Whether as the focus of weddings and birthday parties or as the indulgence of a massive sweet tooth cake has long been one of the most beloved sugary treats. With almost endless variety cake has solidified itself as the premiere confectionary treat, a favourite of both old and young and one of the few foods that
can cross cultural differences with little or no trouble. Despite its success though cake has long been suspected to contributing to the growing obesity epidemic in the United States and new research now indicates that it’s role may be greater than ever before believed.
A recent study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services indicates that cake in virtually all of its forms is a significant contributor to the growing waistlines of people across the United States. It is believed that the sugar and carbohydrate content of the cake is being converted into fat in a number of individuals. That fat in turn adding to the increasing the fat content in the human body and raising the overall size of consumers. Though the DHHS stopped short of recommending a limitation to cake consumption, they have added it to the ‘guarded’ list.
“After conducting a number of studies we concluded that in virtually every case cake was a contributing factor in obesity. We used control groups which ate no cake and groups that ate only cake of different varieties and found that all of those in the eating group gained significant amounts of fat. This indicates that cake along with other factors, should be considered a contributor to obesity,” said a spokesperson for the DHHS. “Now let’s makes it clear that we do not want people panicking and throwing away all the cake in the house. Cake can be a part of a healthy lifestyle when consumed responsibly. The rules of balanced diet and regular exercise continue to apply but we do urge people to, at least at this point, be aware of their cake consumption.”
The study showed that ice cream cakes and cheese cakes are greater contributors to weight gain than other forms.
“I think logic has led a lot of people to the conclusion that over consumption of anything sweet can add to the waistline. Whether its chocolate bars or apples, eating too much of one thing will cause a person to gain weight. This study though provides the first definitive evidence that cake is directly linked to weight gain regardless of the amount consumed. This could lead to a fundamental change in the way Americans celebrate and get over hard times,” said Scrape TV Health analyst
Rebecca Phelps. “I would expect that we will see similar evidence with other treats such as cookies and pie in the very near future. This could be a revelation for a lot of people who continue to struggle with their weight and could, in the long term, help those people live longer and more satisfying lives, even if those lives are a little less delicious.”
Ice cream has also been talked about as a major contributor to obesity and the DHHS is indicating that they may be conducting studies in that area next.
“We’ve long known that things like fast foods have added to the obesity issue but this is the first clear link we have to indicate that confectionary is actually adding to the problem. I don’t think there was any question that it prevented significant weight loss but now we are seeing that it is actually causing problems not just preventing other ones from being solved,” continued Phelps. “Hopefully once people start to realize that cake, no matter how tasty, is actually causing them long term problems they will look to reduce the amount they consume. This could very well be the solution to the obesity epidemic that we have been looking for.”
Cake advocacy groups have already taken issue with the study, stating that it misrepresents certain types of cake and groups them all into one group.