Saturday, January 1, 2011

Alcoholism linked to obesity

Family history of alcoholism may raise the risk of obesity in family claims a latest research report in United States. Research claims that people with family history of alcoholism may switch to high calorie food to satisfy their craving for alcohol instead of drinking. Study also says that women are at greater risk of going obese than man with the family history of alcoholism.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found in their research the association between a family history of alcoholism and obesity risk. Researchers believed that risk of going obese has become more pronounced in last few years.

Researchers also claimed in the report that seeing suffering of the close relatives may keep them away from the alcohol but they may find a substitute to fulfill their carvings in high calorie food that may result in obesity that can do as much damage as alcohol.

Centers in the brain that responds to the alcohol may also can be stimulated by high calorie food so chances are bright that addicts may find solace in high calorie food initially when triying to quit alcohol and may replace one bad habit with another.

Reseachers found that in year 2001 and 2002, women with a family history of alcoholism were 49 percent more likely to be obese than those without any family history of it. It also is true for the man but percent is bit lower in that case as men are less likely to go obese for this particular reason.


India News Blog said...

Once obesity was a big problem in western countries now it is more common in so called third world countries like India too, with the prosperity it comes like a side effect of it along with diseases like diabetes and certain type of cancers.

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