Women who drink at less risk of obesity – I always thought that alcohol added pounds

So much for blaming the beer belly on just the alcohol I guess.  But hey, if it’s helpful – then uncork something tasty and delicious tonight!

Obesity risk lower in women who had 2 or more drinks a day, study finds – Medical News – sacbee.com

Obesity risk lower in women who had 2 or more drinks a day, study finds

Ladies – it might be time to stop worrying that the Wednesday night glass of wine is just empty calories.

A new study tracking 20,000 American women through middle age found those who had two or more drinks a day gained less weight than their non-drinking counterparts.

The study is published in the March 8 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston asked normal-weight women 39 years and older to report their weight and drinking habits. Normal weight for women is defined as a body mass index between 18.5 and 25.

Through the nearly 13 years of follow-up, the women steadily gained weight.

However, women who drank more than 30 grams of alcohol a day – about 2 normal-sized drinks – gained the least weight. They gained on average 3.4 pounds, with the amount of weight gained increasing with decreased alcohol consumption. The non-drinkers gained an average of 8 pounds.


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