Central Heating Could Be Contributing To Obesity

This is why systematic reviews have more weight in terms of evidence than narrative reviews. Should I turn down the heating? Slightly turning down the thermostat could certainly help your energy balance. There is a certain logic to the theory that if youre cold the body will use energy to stay warm. But as yet there is no hard evidence to suggest this will help you stay a healthy weight. Staying warm in winter is important for health, especially for those who are vulnerable to cold such as the elderly and people with chronic conditions such as asthma. Current advice is that indoor heating should be around 18-21oC. Maybe one way to combine the benefits of temperature and physical activity is to regularly take brisk walks or jogs during the winter months.
For the original version of the article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/01January/Pages/Central-heating-could-be-contributing-to-obesity.aspx

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