Holiday Weight Gain Studies
Studies are very mixed on whether holiday eating causes weight gain.
- In several studies over the last thirty-one years, subjects gained approximately 3/4 to 2 lbs. during the holiday season
- However, in one study participants felt they had gained 4x as much weight as they actually gained
- Two other key finding:
- Although the amount of weight gained between the holidays was small, it represented the majority of the weight gained for the year
- Weight gained between the holidays typically is not lost the next year (it represents the annual amount of increase for many people).
- During “eating holidays”, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, participants consumed 14% more than on normal days
- Some participants (outliers perhaps?) consumed over 900 calories more on special occasions than normal days
- Obese individuals indulged at an even higher level during holidays
- Children tend to gain more weight over the summer when school is out than during the holidays2
Theme music for this month’s episode is “Turkey Time” by Monk Turner4.