Jimmy Carter was right!

I know that this will be an unpopular post, but…

When body temperatures are low, we burn more fuel to stay warm.  When we’re hot, we tend to eat less.  Our climate-controlled lives today may be one reason we’re gaining weight.

Climate control is cited as one of “Ten Putative Contributors to the Obesity Epidemic.”

Between 1970 and 2000, the average internal home temperature in the United Kingdom has increased from 13◦ C (55 Fahrenheit) to 18◦ C (64 Fahrenheit) (EHCS, 2000). Perceptions of thermal comfort in the United States have also increased, with the thermal standard for winter comfort increasing from 18◦ C (64 Fahrenheit) in 1923 to 24.6◦ C in 1986  (76 Fahrenheit) (Space Heating Technology Atlas 2004).

Rather than raising the thermostat so much, wear a sweater indoors this winter.  Save some fuel $$ and burn a few more calories!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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  1. Warm Homes in Winter May Contribute to Obesity Epidemic
    Higher indoor temperatures lessen need for body to spend energy to stay warm, researchers suggest.

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