High-calorie snacks linked to abdominal obesity

Dutch researchers have found that snacking on high-fat, high-sugar food increases the amount of fat around the waist, in a study published in the journal Hepatology.

Thirty-six men were made to eat either balanced or high-calorie diets - including between-meal snacks - for six weeks. Researchers found increased BMI, larger amounts of waist fat and fatty liver in those fed the high-calorie and snack diet.

Study co-author Dr Merille Serlie said the findings suggest cutting down on snacking and having three square meals a day can reduce the risk of fatty liver and other obesity-related diseases.

Read more at The Amsterdam Academic Medical Centre