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Old 08-03-2007, 02:54 PM   #1
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Bobak M, Skodova Z, & Marmot M. (2003). Beer and obesity: a cross-sectional study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 57(10): 1250-3.

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OBJECTIVE: There is a common notion that beer drinkers are, on average, more 'obese' than either nondrinkers or drinkers of wine or spirits. This is reflected, for example, by the expression 'beer belly'. However, the few studies on the association between consumption of beer and abdominal obesity produced inconsistent results. We examined the relation between beer intake and waist-hip ratio (WHR) and body mass index (BMI) in a beer-drinking population. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. SETTINGS: General population of six districts of the Czech Republic. SUBJECTS: A random sample of 1141 men and 1212 women aged 25-64 y (response rate 76%) completed a questionnaire and underwent a short examination in a clinic. Intake of beer, wine and spirits during a typical week, frequency of drinking, and a number of other factors were measured by a questionnaire. The present analyses are based on 891 men and 1098 women who where either nondrinkers or 'exclusive' beer drinkers (ie they did not drink any wine or spirits in a typical week). RESULTS: The mean weekly beer intake was 3.1 l in men and 0.3 l in women. In men, beer intake was positively related to WHR in age-adjusted analyses, but the association was attenuated and became nonsignificant after controlling for other risk factors. There appeared to be an interaction with smoking: the relation between beer intake and WHR was seen only among nonsmokers. Beer intake was not related to BMI in men. In women, beer intake was not related to WHR, but there was a weak inverse association with BMI. CONCLUSION: It is unlikely that beer intake is associated with a largely increased WHR or BMI.

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My favorite part of the study is when they say "so yeah beer drinking men are more likely to be obese but we found ways to make that not count"

So, next time anyone ever says "well doesn't that make you fat?" just say "not according to the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, International Centre for Health and Society, University College of London!"

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calories in, calories out. Beer has calories, food has calories. Adjust accordingly and/or workout. I love how some use 'beer belly' as a scientific term and as proof that beer makes you fat.

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Old 08-04-2007, 01:51 AM   #3
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I can't see my shoes because of my myth.

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Everyone is different.

If I didn't consume 4-5 pints of homebrew a night, I'd probably blow away. We are who we are.
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[QUOTE=BierMuncher]Everyone is different.

If I didn't consume 4-5 pints of homebrew a night, I'd probably blow away. We are who we are.

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Just kidding.

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There is a down side. One IPA and I'm toast.

I gotta brew everything at 4-4.5% and that precludes a lot of flavors.

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There is a down side. One IPA and I'm toast.

I gotta brew everything at 4-4.5% and that precludes a lot of flavors.
You are the definition of a light weight... lol...

Ye doth sucketh... but like you said there's a upside to having a 'beer' belly, i can drink 3 of my Weizenbocks before i feel a wee bit tipsy....
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Well, the other night I got to try one of EdWorts Stone IPA's in a beer swap.

It was my first and last beer of the evening...oh, but what a way to go...

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Everyone is different.

If I didn't consume 4-5 pints of homebrew a night, I'd probably blow away. We are who we are.
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Man! Mrs. Biermuncher looks kinda young! Don't know how you guys do it in St Louis, but here in NC you'd have to prove that you were related to her first.
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Man! Mrs. Biermuncher looks kinda young! Don't know how you guys do it in St Louis, but here in NC you'd have to prove that you were related to her first.
LOL.

I can laugh cuz it's kinda crude guy humor. I'll not share the jokewith my thirteen year old though....
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