Holiday myths debunked: Weight gain, suicides, traffic deaths

The most persistent holiday health myths are based on kernels of truth. Here are often-repeated adages and why they’re off the mark.

Myth 1: You gain massive weight during holidays.

Between Thanksgiving’s turkey, heaps of holiday cookies and weeks of parties, you’re bound to gain some extra padding over the holidays, right?

People tend to gain weight — about one to two pounds on average, according to several studies. So holiday weight gain may not be as dramatic as it sounds.

Before giving yourself license to eat whatever you want this week, do the math: One or two pounds a year can add up quickly.

And that one to two pounds is likely only if you’re a person with a normal body mass index. If you’re overweight or obese, the weight gained is more likely to increase — up to five pounds.

Children gain about 1.2 pounds during the holiday break, according to a 2010 study published in Clinical Medicine & Research. But they also grew about 0.32 inches, which decreased their body mass index by 0.04%.

Full story about holiday myths at CNN Health

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