Take a holiday in America and you'll come back 8lbs heavier
Last updated at 8:31 AM on 28th July 2011
Researchers found the average tourist piles on 8lb during a typical two-week trip to the U.S. thanks to huge portions, all-you-can-eat buffets and constant snacking.
The Caribbean and its all-inclusive resorts secured second spot in a ‘holiday fat map’, while France was third and Italy fourth. Greece completed the top five.
Tasty: But huge portions, all-you-can-eat buffets and snacking mean that holidaymakers who visit the U.S. come back an average 8lbs heavier
Researchers, who questioned 2,000 Britons on their holiday eating habits, found six in ten regularly gain weight and typically put on 5lb during their time away.
But a quarter put on at least 7lb and one in 20 pile on a stone or more.
Britain took sixth place in the list of ‘fat destinations’, with over-eaters holidaying at home gaining at least 7lb. Those visiting Spain, Portugal and Africa frequently return at least 6lb heavier.
Half of those polled for the Obesimed weight-loss company blamed larger portions for putting on weight and the same number said it was down to ‘lounging around’.
Four in ten said alcohol was at fault, one in six found it hard ‘saying no to seconds’ and one in five said free refills were responsible.
The survey found half of holidaymakers only realise they have piled on the pounds after returning home.
One in five notice the gain when looking through holiday snaps.
The ‘fat destinations’ where holidaymakers put on the most weight are: U.S. 8lb, Caribbean 7.4lb, France 7.3lb, Italy 7lb, Greece 6.9lb, UK 6.8lb, Portugal 6.7lb, Spain 6.6lb, Turkey 6.3lb, Africa 6lb.
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