RESULTS: “In contrast to the common perception that weight increases during the winter holiday season, the measured weight of the vast majority of subjects in this study changed little between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day….Unfortunately, we also found the increase during the holiday season were largely maintained during the postholiday winter period from January to February or March, resulting in a net average weight gain of 0.48 kg (1.06 lbs)… suggesting that the period contributing most to yearly weight change is the six-week holiday period.”
BURIED DEEP IN THE RESULTS: “We also found that those who had a major holiday weight gain, defined as a gain of at least 2.3 kg (5lbs), were more likely to be overweight or obese than those who did not have such a major gain. Taken together, these results suggest that the winter holiday season may present special risks for those who are already overweight or obese and that such persons may benefit from seasonal efforts to prevent weight gain.35,39,40“
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Read The Study: A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain NEMJ March 2000
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