Friday, February 17, 2006
Apparently, Old News...
This morning on Q104, DJ Jim Kerr announced that recent research found that Beer bellies are in fact not caused by beer! Great news, yes? But late-breaking? no. After a little Urbana research time, I found the original article on which the radio broadcast was based. The Beer Belly Myth was published in late September of 2003! News is just traveling a bit to fast these days. But thanks to some bright researchers in the Czech Republic (go go pilser urquell) we can blame our spare tires on other enemies, like bagels.
Here's a clip from the article...
The researchers found that when corrected for factors such as smoking, there was no significant link between beer drinking and a beer belly — and women who drank beer tended to weigh less, rather than more, than those who did not.
"It is unlikely that beer intake is associated with a largely increased waist-hip ratio or body mass index," the researches wrote in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. "The association between beer and obesity, if it exists, is probably weak."
No worries little kitty, that gut is probably due to your poor life style choices such as diet and excersise and probably has nothing to do with that cold, crisp tecate. Cheers.