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The Best Part Of The Year Can Be The Most Unhealthy

Sarah Jacobson

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Holiday smells fill the air as families sit around their tables consuming loads of food. Everyone’s plate full, even though they should be full after the first plate. Many go for seconds, and no one can forget the dessert.

The holidays are the time for many to be at home with their families and eat tons of food, as they say their thanks, and are getting ready to open presents. The problem becomes that many don’t realize just how many calories they are actually consuming. This could be the reason why everyone feels sluggish and lazy.

Zach Bratland, an Oconomowoc High school junior says “I feel like I eat 5 pounds of food over the holidays.”

A study was done at the the National Center for Biotechnology Information by 6 doctors had a sample of 195 non-clinical adults and they weighed them Pre-Holiday, Holiday and Post- Holiday. The results was that during the holiday the average weight of all the adults increased by one pound and was maintained through Post-Holiday. One pound might not seem like a lot, but when it is gained and not lost again the weight just stays there and will eventually gets harder to lose.

The ugly truth about a holiday meal is that it can turn into a meal that is way over the daily recommended caloric intake of 2000 calories. With just a Thanksgiving meal there is turkey (300-500 calories), stuffing (435 calories), mashed potatoes (237 calories), cranberry sauce (418 calories), green bean casserole (200 Calories) and for dessert pumpkin pie (279 calories). If this is added all together, plus a little more for other foods eaten at a holiday dinner, that is one meal equaling over 2000 calories, this can go for a christmas meal as well.

“I’d say I eat a large plate full of everything at Thanksgiving and Christmas and after I feel very stuffed,” said Bratland.

As people consume all of this food at once that is when everyone feels so sluggish and lousy because the body isn’t used to taking in that much food. The digestive system goes into overdrive and slows other functions down. This makes the heart pump harder as the digestive system takes up more of the body’s blood flow and has a huge impact on your body just wanting to completely shut down.

Indulging over the holidays is a normal thing for many but when the food isn’t so good that’s when the health problems start and gaining weight becomes an issue.

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