weight gain

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the weight that people are supposedly gaining over the winter holidays.  What I found out was pretty interesting.

People overall are not gaining as much weight as we would be led to believe.  I went looking for some stats to use in advertising a program I am running (more on that in a bit), and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.  The estimate for average holiday weight gain, as I recall, was somewhere between one and two pounds.  (Please bear in mind: since it’s an average, some people gain more, some people gain less, and some people gain exactly that.)

This is what was interesting: most people don’t take it back off.

So what?  It’s just two pounds.

But two pounds per year, starting when you’re, say, 25 is a 50-pound weight gain by the time you’re 50, assuming that the rest of the year you break even.  That’s pretty significant!

It sounds to me like a slice of the obesity epidemic could be controlled in November and December.  (That still leaves many other slices to take care of, but hey, it’s a start!)

It is difficult in general, because so much of our concept of celebrating revolves around food and drink — and it’s never salad and water.

Have you ever been to a party/celebration without any food or caloric drinks?  Or with only healthy choices available?  Was it still “a party”?

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