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Turning Up The Heat Could Help Fight Weight Gain

12/5/2013 3:18 PM ET

Those who live in well-heated homes are less likely to be obese and have lower BMIs than those with cooler houses, according to research conducted at the University of Stirling in Scotland. The study, published in the journal Obesity, surveyed data on 100,000 adults culled during the Health Survey for England.

The subjects who lived in warmer homes - i.e. with temps consistently above 73.4 degrees - had lower BMI levels than those with cooler homes.

"We set out to investigate the scientific claims that cooler indoor temperatures help us maintain a healthy weight by pushing our bodies to expend more energy through shivering and generating heat through tissues. In fact, the research suggests people may eat less and burn more energy when residing in a warmer indoor environment," wrote Michael Daly, the study's author.

He added that the temperature range of 68.5 to 73.4 degrees provides an atmosphere in which most people are neither warm nor cold.

by RTT Staff Writer

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