Taste less sensitive in overweight kids

German researchers analysed the gustatory sensitivity of 99 obese children and 94 children of normal range weight, aged 6–18 and of multi-ethnic origin, by surveying them about their perceptions of the flavour and intensity of sweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter taste-test strips.

They found that obese subjects had a lower detection rate for salty, umami and bitter tastes and could not as easily rank the intensity of three out of four sweet taste strips.

Girls identified taste qualities significantly better than boys, the researchers