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People using air conditioning in their home were 2.2 times as likely to become obese
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People using air conditioning in their home two or more days per week in the summer season were 2.2 times as likely to become obese during a 6-year follow-up compared to people not using air conditioning according to study from researchers at the the University of Turin in Turin, Italy. Note
Note: The study did not quite reach statistical significance
The study did not quite reach statistical significance.
There was a 7 percent chance that the difference was due to random chance.
Science creates an artificial cutoff point of 5 percent to be considered statistically significant.
However, in this case with air conditioning, it simply means that there is a 93 percent chance that the difference was due to the air conditioning, and a 7 percent chance that it was due to random chance.
Close enough for me.
Air Conditioning Use
Air Conditioning Use: 16.5% of those who became obese vs 5% in those who did not become obese
Air conditioning was used by 16.5 percent of people who became obese compare to 5 percent for those who did not become obese during the 6-year follow-up.
Subjects: 1282 people
The study followed 1282 Caucasian people, aged 45–64 years, who were not obese at the start of the study, for 6 years to try and determine factors that were associated with an increased risk of obesity.
After 6 years, 103 had become obese, and 1179 had not.
Conclusion: Sleep restriction, higher home temperature and restaurant meals were associated with increased risk of obesity
“Sleep restriction, higher home temperature and regular consumption of [ restaurant meals ] might represent lifestyle contributors to the obesity and hyperglycemia epidemics,” the paper concluded. “Avoiding these behaviors could be a potential adjunctive non-pharmacological strategy for preventing the obesity and hyperglycemia epidemics.”
Bo S, Ciccone G, Durazzo M, Ghinamo L, Villois P, Canil S, Gambino R, Cassader M, Gentile L, Cavallo-Perin P. Contributors to the obesity and hyperglycemia epidemics. A prospective study in a population-based cohort. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Feb 1, published on-line.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. S Bo
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Turin
Corso Dogliotti 14
Turin 10126, Italy
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