Jan. 29, 2010 -- Could tea be the secret to a trim waistline? For men, the
answer may be yes, or at least it couldn't hurt.
A new study shows that men who drink more than two cups of tea a day have
trimmer waistlines than men who drink coffee or nothing at all. But the same
doesn't hold true for women.
Researchers say previous studies have looked at coffee and tea drinking
habits and obesity in general, but little is known about how these habits
affect abdominal obesity. Abdominal obesity, or excess fat around the
midsection, has been linked to a number of health risks, including heart
disease and diabetes.
The study, presented this week at the First International Congress on
Abdominal Obesity, looked at the relationship between coffee and tea drinking
and abdominal obesity in 3,823 adults who participated in the 2003-2004 U.S.
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
"The potential association between coffee/tea and abdominal obesity is not
trivial considering that more than 60% of the adult population drinks
coffee/tea,that these beverages can be consumed as frequently as 10 times per
day, and that a high percentage of coffee and tea drinkers use additives in
these beverages," write researcher D. R. Bouchard and colleagues at the school
of kinesiology and health studies at Queen's University in Kingston,