Those Pernicious French Fries, And Other Weight-Gain Wisdom

Potato chips. Increasing consumption of potato chips was the single biggest factor associated with weight gain through the years. For every extra daily serving that study participants ate, their weight increased by nearly 1.7 pounds over each four-year period in the study.

Other potato products. Everything from baked potatoes, to mashed potatoes, to French fries contributed to weight gain, an average of nearly 1.3 pounds over four years.

It also offers a lively Deb Kotz piece about how wearing a pedometer helps Blue Cross Blue Shield chief Andrew Dreyfus — and many others — get moving.

This program aired on June 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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