Obesity Caused By Alcohol:
Alcohol can cause Obesity?
Alcohol is very high in calories and it can also affect the way the body metabolises, which means that your body can react by storing the ingested calories as fat rather than using it as fuel and more than 2 drinks a day, and certainly binge drinking, is likely to increase your weight, whilst lesser amounts of Alcohol spread evenly over time will not.
However, late night munchies, which are often associated with bouts of drinking can make you feel hungrier than normal and could mean that you end up eating more than usual, and in a lot of cases Junk Food; studies have shown that in the short term, Alcohol stimulates your food intake and increases feelings of hunger and having your judgment impaired with Alcohol and stimulating your appetite is a known recipe for failure if you are trying to follow a weight loss plan.
According to studies, the average adult in the UK is drinking an extra day’s worth of calories every week through Alcohol and apparently, the average adult is drinking enough lager, wine, cider and spirits to add almost 3,000 calories to their weekly calorific intake; this is the equivalent to 500 calories above the average male recommended daily limit of 2,500 calories and 50% more than the advised maximum of 2,000 calories a day for a woman.
Annually UK adults are drinking around 155,000 calories through Alcohol, which is adding to the country’s growing Obesity problems; with 3,500 extra calories creating one pound of fat, adults are drinking enough Alcohol each year to add 44lbs of fat to their bodyweight, or just over three stone.
Men are downing the most calories through Alcohol, just short of 200,000 calories annually; on a weekly basis men are consuming 3,836 calories through drink which equates to one and a half days of extra calories a week; normal strength lager, at 3% proof, and Continental lager, at around 5% proof, are men’s favourite Alcoholic drinks, closely followed by wine and spirits.
But studies found that women are not far behind men in the Alcohol adding calorie stakes; the average female is drinking more than 2,100 calories through drink each week, which adds up to 110,000 each year; small and large measures of red and white wine are the main source of Alcohol calories for women followed by spirits, lager and alcopops.
These numbers paint a stark picture of how Britain is heading towards Alcoholic induced Obesity, with clear links to the incidence of Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Attack and other Cardiovascular conditions, Obesity is of growing concern to public health; there is also a degree of evidence to suggest Obesity has actually been reversing the improvements in mortality, made as a result of improvements to medicine; our society now seems to be making its own lifestyle choices to shorten its life expectancy.
Overall Alcoholic intake could be adding an extra 15% to women’s recommended annual calorie intake and increasing men’s by 22%; in terms of fat, women could potentially be adding 31Ibs a year through drink whilst men are risking an extra 56Ibs; the Alcohol calorie consumption is at its highest between Friday and Sunday with 68% of women and 64% of men upping their intake as soon as work is over on a Friday; both men and women drink 25% more between Friday and Sunday than they do between Monday and Thursday each week.
How many Calories are there in Typical Alcoholic Drinks?
These figures really put into perspective just what a key part drink plays in our calorie intake and our health; most people are clearly unaware of just how calorific a pint of lager or a glass of wine is; the strength of lager and varying measures in different bars and restaurants also has an impact, but when we are out having a good time we don’t always notice the difference between weak lager and some Belgian brands or that a glass of wine was actually more than double a small measure.
Yet 44% of women and a 33% of men insist they are very conscious about how many calories they consume through food; 10% of women admit to counting the calories on a daily basis with their food intake; more than 60% of women and 74% of men admit that they either don’t know how many calories are in Alcohol or are not sure; the indirect financial impact of an ‘Obesity Growing’ nation can affect anything from your private medical insurance to life insurance and critical illness insurance, which can all be far more expensive if you have a BMI over the average for your height and age; in the worst case scenario you might actually be declined cover; someone with a body mass index over 30 is technically Obese and Life Insurance companies would typically charge an extra 75% for someone with a BMI between 32.6 and 35.
Most Common Drinks for Women Include:
1. Red and White Wine, 2. Spirits, 3. Plain Lager, 4. Alcopops, 5. Cider, 6. Rich liqueurs, 7. Cocktails and Single Whiskey/Brandy, 8. Continental Lager and Single Liqueur and 9. Strong Cider.
Most Common Drinks for Men Include:
1.Plain Lager, 2. Red and White Wine, 3. Continental Lager and Spirits, 4. Cider, 5. Single Whiskey/Brandy, 6. Alcopop, 7. Cocktails, 8. Strong Cider, 9. Single and Rich Liqueurs.
Binge Drinking Can Lead to Obesity:
Drinkers beware as new research in the field of Alcoholism has revealed that binge drinking can definitely lead to Obesity; this is in stark contrast to earlier studies where it was found that Alcohol and Obesity have little connection; however in another study conducted by the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, it was revealed that women who have drinking problems by the age of 24 are likely to be 4 times more Obese when they reach the age of 27; another study funded by a Denmark researcher company shows that men who drink more tend to have a larger appetite.
The change in scenario can also be blamed on the binge culture that has come into existence; a comparison of the current situation to the one 20 years back reveals that the number of fast food chains has grown by more than 10 times in the US alone; this culture has also caught up in other continents such as Asia, Europe and South America where increased incomes and better living are seeing more and more people switching over to drinking and binge eating.
Any Alcoholic would tell you that Alcohol is most enjoyable when you have it with lots of food; Vodka, rum or any Alcoholic beverage has to go with lots of food; if you are a binge drinker, over a period of time, this phenomenon will slowly and surely enhance your appetite; Alcohol has also been known to slow down metabolism and when your body’s metabolism rate reduces you are bound to pile on the calories.
|To make matters worse, it has been proved that over time,
Alcohol also leads to depression and many people counter depression by
overeating which gradually makes you fat; once you have fallen victim
to the drinking habit, it’ is very hard to break the habit; lethargy creeps
in and very quickly you forget the fitness mantra that is essential to
lead a healthy life.
Without enough exercise, a person doesn’t have a way to burn those calories and this proves to be the source of excess weight; on top of getting Obese, Alcohol also causes Liver Damage and can cause Neurological Disorders not to mention the drainage of you money; so it is best advised that you stay away from such habits as much as possible and try finding other ways of entertaining yourself.
Sometimes Alcohol Leads To Weight Loss:
Even though Alcohol contains calories, is does not mean that drinking Alcohol will always lead to weight gain; according to extensive medical research, and several studies, it is reported that women may actually experience a small reduction in weight; the reason why Alcohol doesn't necessarily increase weight, in all cases, is unclear, but research suggests that the energy gained from Alcohol may not be efficiently used; Alcohol also appears to increase the metabolic rate significantly in those that lose weight, thus causing more calories to be burned rather than stored in the body as fat; other research has found that the consumption of sugar decreases as the consumption of Alcohol increases; the medical evidence of this is based on a large number of studies of thousands of people around the world; some of these studies are very large; one involved nearly 80,000 and another included 140,000 subjects.