A new study has revealed that eating the same food over and over again can lead to culinary boredom, which in turn can lead to less eating, according to an article on RxList.com.

Overeating is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic that is currently raging all over the globe. Although most people understand that a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise are necessary to maintain a healthy weight, many of them struggle to avoid high-fat, high-calorie foods. Carrying excess pounds increases the risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association reports that an estimated 25.8 million Americans, a number roughly equivalent to 8.3 percent of the population, suffer from both types of the metabolic disorder. In 2010, about 1.9 million new cases were diagnosed in patients over the age of 20 years, while approximately 79 million people had pre-diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Buffalo published a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which suggested that reducing food choices may be a good way to curb overeating. However, they emphasized that variety is still important when it comes to nutrient-rich, low-calorie items such as fruits and vegetables.

The team evaluated 32 female participants who were divided into two groups. The first group was offered macaroni and cheese every day for a week, while the second group only received one offer during the study period. At the end of seven days, the researchers found that women who had been given the daily choice of eating the meal consumed 100 fewer calories, on average.

These findings led the researchers to conclude that habituation may be a psychological process that impacts weight.

Source: Canada Drug Center Press Release

Originally posted by DiabetesCare.net on August 19, 2011.