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Study: Eating More Could Spread Disease

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File photo of a partially finished plate of pasta. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Waldorf Astoria Chicago)

File photo of a partially finished plate of pasta. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Waldorf Astoria Chicago)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – In order to lose weight, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recommend a balanced diet and a general avoidance of overeating.

CDC researchers especially warn against indulging excessively at restaurants, where portion sizes tend to be far larger than necessary.

“Many restaurants serve more food than one person needs at one meal,” the official CDC website states. “Take control of the amount of food that ends up on your plate by splitting an entrée with a friend. Or, ask the wait person for a ‘to-go’ box and wrap up half your meal as soon as it’s brought to the table.”

Their advice is intended to help people lose weight and lead healthier lives. But according to a new study out of the University of Edinburgh, there may be another benefit to limiting one’s food intake – curbing the spread of infectious diseases.

Those involved in the study, who worked out of the University’s School of Biological Sciences, have reportedly found a connection between the amount of food eaten by a given population and the amount of disease present – and the ease with which certain diseases spread.

According to Science Daily, scientists examined water fleas to develop their hypothesis. Specimens that were infected with parasites and fed a larger amount of food became far more contagious than their counterparts with limited food resources, the website additionally reported.

Researchers, including Dr. Pedro Vale of the SBS, are encouraged by the implications their findings could have on controlling the spread of disease among humans.

He was quoted as saying, “If we have an idea of which individuals transmit a lot of disease, we will be better able to stop its spread.”

The study was published in the journal Biology Letters, Science Daily learned.

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