Eating between meals does not necessarily make a person fat. That, at least, applies if you are young and slender. This surprising finding comes from a doctoral research project at the Human Nutrition Division.
However, the research results took de Graaf by surprise. There were no weight differences between test persons who ate energy-rich food and those who ate light food. According to de Graaf, this shows that the test persons compensate snacking by eating less of other kinds of food. He thinks, too, that the relatively low ages of the test persons - an average of 22 years old - have also affected the results. 'It would be interesting to repeat the test with older subjects or with persons who can become overweight easily', he concludes.