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The weight in the heights

  •  April 10, 2020

The weight in the heights

For weight, the higher the better. Living in high altitude places halves the chance of developing overweight. But it is not enough to move to the top floor. See now the research findings.

A study by the US military concluded that altitude influences the balance. Over the past six years, grassroots recruits have been accompanied across the country. The analysis was extensive, including data on nearly 100,000 soldiers, men and women. And the finding is clearer from a statistic: Whoever lives on high has a 41% less chance of getting fat, which is quite expressive.

The result is the same as recent research by the Gallup Institute, also in the United States. The search for the “fittest” city in the country has elected Boulder, Colorado, about 1,600 meters above sea level. Near Colorado Springs, 2,000 meters away, is the Army headquarters included in the military study. The fattest zip code is Huntington, West Virginia, just 170 meters from the beach line.

The finding is related to different factors. It has to do with the levels of latvia in the body, a hormone that suppresses appetite and controls metabolism. Other hormones have their effects potentiated by height, such as cholecystokinin, responsible for the digestion of fats and proteins. And noradrenaline, which regulates appetite.

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