Obesity is huge problem. Sorry. I’ll be good from now on. Anyway, one of the challenges for combatting obesity is to get people to eat less. Unfortunately, that’s made all the harder by decreased sensitivity to taste. According to Amanda Maliphol, Deborah Garth and Kathryn Medler from The State University of New York at Buffalo, diet-induced obesity can change one’s taste perception.
Whether one is satisfying a sweet-tooth or avoiding unpleasant foods, these results don’t bode well for reducing dietary intake. The authors are quick to point out that they can’t connect behavioral changes to these findings. However, it’s not hard to speculate that finding one’s food less sweet and/or less bitter does not make it easier to eat less of it.