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Study Says Most Weight Gain Occurs During Holidays

Study Says Most Weight Gain Occurs During Holidays

POSTED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 1:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:38am

EL PASO- The average person gains about 2.2 pounds per year, and a recent study at Texas Tech indicates much of that weight may be put on during the holiday season.

“If people were more diligent about their eating and exercise during the holidays, they might be able to prevent this average yearly weight gain from happening,” said Jamie Cooper, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing.

Cooper’s study compared the effects of the holidays on a person’s physique, primarily body weight and body composition (or body fat percentage). As expected, all participants gained weight during this period, approximately 1.7 pounds on average.

To read more about Cooper's study, click here.

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