Yes, Virginia, people gain weight over Christmas

The trend was seen in 1,781 Americans, 760 Germans and 383 Japanese, all of whom used WiFi “smart scales” over a one-year period. They had agreed to let the scale manufacturer, Withings, use the data for research purposes. Age, gender, height, country and time zone were collected as part of the registration process.

Within 10 days of Christmas, the average weight increased 0.4 per cent among Americans and 0.6 per cent among the Germans. 

The devices cost around $150 US and people willing to pay that much are probably more motivated than the average holiday reveler to keep their weight down and lose whatever they’ve gained.

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“Of course,” they added, “the less one gains, the less one then has to worry about trying to lose it.”

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