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Wine On My Lips Means Less On My Hips?

March 11th, 2010 1 Comment

“Women who consumed between 1.5 and 3 drinks daily had a 27 percent and 61 percent lower risk of becoming overweight or obese, respectively, than women who didn’t drink at all, according to the study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.”

— Anne Hardig, “Study: Women Who Drink Are Less Likely To Gain” from Health.com via CNN

Interesting, but unfortunately not a statistic that should inspire us to increase our alcohol consumption.

“I think [the study] suggests that there’s no need to quit or avoid alcohol if it’s something you enjoy.”

–Scott Kahan, M.D.,the co-director of the George Washington University Weight Management Program

Another doctor stated this theory, that I have often suspected (and hoped) is true:

“Many other studies that are not nearly as well done or as large as this suggest that calories from alcohol are metabolized differently. The alcohol calories probably don’t count as much as calories from a Hershey’s bar.”

–“R. Curtis Ellison, M.D., the director of the Institute on Lifestyle and Health at the Boston University School of Medicine, says this study is the strongest evidence to date that calories from food and booze are not created equal.”

All quotes are from Anne Hardig’s article in which she offers several studies for you to consider and that I found to be quite interesting.

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  • SFish

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/08/women-drinkers-gain-less-weight/?scp=1&sq=women%20wine%20lose%20weight&st=cse

    The NYT story on the same study provided a bit more relevant information, such as the fact that this was a study of women aged 39 and up, and thus not necessarily applicable to you, me, or (I would imagine) most of the women who read here. Also, it said nothing about drinking translating to “less on your hips” in the moment, just that you were less likely to become obese over time–none of these women lost any weight, not that that was the goal of the study. I’m just really skeptical of studies like these; the only thing you can take away from them is that there really is no magic bullet for health or weight loss, and you have to look at your life and diet choices regularly and holistically.