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Christmas Myths Debunked, Part 2

Dec 28th 2009
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Last week, we explored some of the more common holiday myths we have come to believe for some time. Here are three more to complete the list.

Do you lose most of your body heat through your head?

A more recent study confirms that there is nothing special about the head and heat loss. Any uncovered part of the body loses heat and will reduce the core body temperature proportionally. So, if it is cold outside, you should protect your body.

Eating at night makes you fat?

Some scientific studies seem to support this. In a study conducted in Sweden, they found out that the obese women eat more and their meals were shifted to the afternoon, evening or at night. But they didn’t conclude that eating more meals at night and getting obese causes one or the other; people gain weight because they take in more calories than they burn up.

Other studies found no link at all. For instance, a study again in Sweden did not show evidence that there is an association between obesity in Swedish men and eating at night.

There are studies, however, showing that skipping breakfast is more likely to result in weight gain than losing it. They attribute it to having breakfast skippers eating more during the rest of the day.

You can cure a hangover with…?

A systematic review of randomised trials evaluating medical interventions for preventing or treating hangovers found no effective interventions in either traditional or complementary medicine. You would know a lot of these; the scientific community may have a number of suggestions on how to cure this. But since the cause of a hangover is an excess of alcohol, then until we find a cure, the best way to avoid a hangover is not drink at all. (Is that even your option?)

You may also read: 6 Medical Myths Debunked for Christmas

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