Central heating may make you fat, say...

Central heating may make you fat, say researchers!

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East Stroudsburg, PA

#1 Jan 23, 2014

'Having the central heating on may be contributing to our ballooning waistlines, Dutch researchers suggest.

They say higher temperatures in homes, offices and hospitals provide more comfort, but mean bodies no longer need to burn extra calories to keep warm.

A Maastricht University Medical Centre group says 19C (66F) is sufficient to provide the right balance.

However, some argue that turning down the thermostat would merely prompt people to eat more.

The weight loss idea, proposed in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, comes down to energy balance.

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