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Greensboro College Professor Finds Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake Not Associated with Improved Weight Loss

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00724c78-7381-4cab-b336-b9ce37d4fc19GREENSBORO, N.C. — Will eating more fruits and vegetables help you lose more weight? Not necessarily, a Greensboro College professor has found.

Anna Peluso and three other researchers looked at 151 overweight and obese women who were following a prescribed, calorie-restricted diet to lose weight but were not specifically trying to eat more fruits and vegetables.They found that the women tended to eat more fruits and vegetables as a part of their prescribed calorie-restricted diet, but that that change in diet apparently did not help the women lose more weight.

The researchers’ findings have been published in the November-December 2016 edition of the academic journal Health Behavior and Policy Review.

Peluso is an assistant professor of health sciences in Greensboro College’s Department of Kinesiology. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and joined the college faculty this year.

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.

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