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The 'beer belly' is simply an old wife's tale!


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According to a recent report by “University College London” scientists, there is NO connection between beer drinking and the infamous ‘beer belly’ !

Researchers from both Britain and the Czech Republic surveyed roughly 2,000 Czechs who are by and large regarded as the world's biggest beer drinkers and they found no link between the amount of beer they drink and the size of their stomachs.

Writing in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” they said that claims that people are obese because they drink too much beer are wrong!

Dr Martin Bobak from University College London and his colleagues at the “Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine” in Prague questioned 891 Czech men and 1,098 Czech women between the ages of 25 and 64 during the study.

The Czechs top world league tables on beer drinking by consuming more beer per person than people in any other country.

All of the participants in the research were selected at random and drank either no alcohol at all or only beer.

The survey revealed that the men consumed on average 3.1 liters of beer each week and that the women drank on average 0.3 liters per week.

There were few heavy drinkers and just 3% of the men drank more than 14 liters of beer in a week and just five women regularly consumed more than 7 liters in a week and all of the participants underwent a short medical examination before the tests began.

The doctors measured their weight and their waist to hip ratio and plus their body mass index both of which are used to measure obesity and the scientists found no link whatsoever between beer consumption and obesity.

They said the findings suggested there is no truth in the claim that drinking too much beer makes people obese.

A study published earlier this year suggested that some people are simply genetically predisposed to develop beer bellies and Italian researchers claim that men with a certain gene variation have a tendency to get a flabby stomach.

Nevertheless Nigel Denby, of the “British Dietetic Association” urged beer lovers not to use the study’s findings as an excuse to run down to their local pub and said, "People shouldn't assume that they can now drink freely. Any food taken in excess can lead to obesity. Drinking any type of alcohol can also lead to obesity.

People who want to drink should enjoy alcohol but they should only drink in moderation."