Blog: Belly Laugh
Chris Brook-Carter | 13 October 2003
Researchers in the UK and the Czech Republic, two of the world's biggest beer drinking nations, surveyed almost 2,000 Czechs, and 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 claims people are obese because they drink too much beer are wrong.
Researchers who will no doubt be toasted the length and breadth of every beer drinking nation said in the report: "There is a common notion that beer drinkers are, on average, more 'obese' than either non-drinkers or drinkers of wine or spirits.
"This is reflected, for example, by the expression 'beer belly'.
"If this is so, then beer intake should be associated with some general measure of obesity, such as body mass index or with indices of fat distribution such as waist to hip ratio or with both."
But they said: "The association between beer and obesity if it exists is probably weak."
Mine's a pint then.
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