Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Cheer

What do these Christmas-related bits of data have in common?
  • Eating a lot at night is worse for you than eating a lot during the day
  • Sugar makes kids hyperactive
  • About 40% of body heat is lost through the head
  • Suicide rates are highest around the holidays
They are all false, according to IU researchers. The most interesting is the one about kids:
At least 12 randomised controlled trials looking at levels of sugar and behaviour - even in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - were unable to detect any difference. Scientists also found that when parents think their child has had a sugary drink they rate their behaviour as more hyperactive - so it is all in the mind.
In a related finding, the researchers say there is no cure for a hangover.

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