Drinking may Reduce Obesity Risk
Although not recommended as a weight lose tactic, a drink a day may
lower your risk of becoming obese. According to researchers at the Mayo
clinic if you consume 5 drinks a week you were 38% less likely to be
obese, compared to non-drinkers.
But don’t drink to much because excessive drinking increased your risk
of becoming obese or overweight. The team led by James E. Rohrer Ph.D.
found that drinkers that consumed four or more alcoholic beverages per
day were more likely to be obese than those that did not drink.
The study compared the rate of obesity in 8,236 non-smoking
participants. The study used data from the Third National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the National Center
for Health Statistics between 1988 and 1994. They correlated the body
mass index and drinking history.
Of the sampling 31% of the people were overweight and 22% were
considered obese. About 465 were current drinkers and drank at lease on
drink per month. The study showed current drinkers had a lower risk of
Those who drank one drink a day were 54% less likely to be obese and
those who drank two drinks a day were 41% less likely to be obese than
non-drinkers. Binge drinkers were significantly more likely to be obese
The researchers are not sure why drinkers had a lower risk of obesity.
The article appears in the BMC Public Health report for December 5th
2005. A synopsis can be found at their
By Dan Wilson
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