This is probably the least you’ll weigh all year. Sorry.


Congratulations. If you’re like the Americans in a study by a professor at Cornell University, its weight can be quite low annual this week or next. But do not get too excited -. Most likely soon fatten

Later this month, the numbers on the scale start long last climb the Christmas holidays, with a peak around New Year’s Day, according to a study published last month in a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine .

Worse, those extra kilos holiday tend to stay for long.

“Anything that happens in these next 10 weeks, on average, takes about five months off,” Professor Brian Wansink of Cornell Business School said. He conducted the study with Elina Helander of the Tampere University of Technology in Finland and Angela Chieh Withings, a company that sells surveillance devices connected health.

Using data from thousands of users of wireless scales Withings’, the three followed weight gain and loss of adults in the United States, Japan and Germany more than a year, from August 2012. Americans accounted for about 1,800 participants, with around 800 in Germany and nearly 400 in Japan.

Although different patterns in each country were found, all three had one thing in common: waists tended to grow at more or less 10 days before the holidays


“Whether it is office parties, whether facilities, whether parts of their friends, or it could be you just bought a lot of things and eat while preparing things, there is a ramp of goods to almost every holiday, “Wansink said.

Weights peaked around the new year in the United States and Germany. In Japan, which peaked in early May, around the Golden Week holidays. Weights recorded at least early December in Japan, in late September in Germany and the beginning of October in the United States. It was not until late April that the Americans were able to erase their profits on vacation.

Weights increased by up to 1 percent of their annual lows to its annual peak in Germany. In the United States and Japan, which fluctuated by up to 0.7 percent in the year, according to the study.

The results represent a small sector of the public :. Data were collected from adult owners of approximately $ 195 wireless scale, suggesting that participants had both the motivation and the means to get their weight under control

But that, Wansink argues, it provides confirmation is only stronger of the pattern that he and his colleagues found.

“Even among this diligent population, almost ideal, there is no escape from this weight gain almost inevitable holiday,” he said.

In fact, about 1 in 4 Americans were obese participants, far fewer than the national rate of more than 1 in 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention. In any case, Wansink suggests, participants considered most likely put on less weight and lost faster than the general population.

however limited, the research could help guide us to better habits, Wansink said.

“Instead of trying to reach a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, it is much better to have perhaps a resolution Oct. 1 to increase less in the first place,” he said.

Intensification scales most often during the holiday season could help, too, he said. Participants who weighed themselves four or more times a week gained less weight and dropped it all faster, by the end of January.

New York Times

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