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New Study Links Cold Weather And Overeating

Updated: Thursday, January 23 2014, 06:33 AM CST

Colder temperatures may have some of us reaching for our favorite comfort foods. A cardiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that eating more when it's cold outside is a primitive impulse, telling us we need to stock up on calories for the winter months. This is apparently true even though we have evolved and are used to having heat and spend our days mostly inside.

A similar study was done at the University of Georgia in 1991. Researchers tracked how much people ate from one season to the next and they ate about 200 more calories a day when fall arrived. What the cardiologist found is that we seem to be very sensitive to light and so when it gets dark out earlier, our instincts kick in.

The holidays during the winter months can also play a role in our overeating, as well as the clothing we wear. You may not feel like you need to count your calories when you can wear a sweater over a bathing suit.

 

 

New Study Links Cold Weather And Overeating


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