Beer Belly Myth Is A Myth

In Germany, finding volunteer beer drinkers is easier than handing out free gold coins.

So when German researchers surveyed 20,000 beer guzzling Teutonics over a period of four years the scientists soon realized they had the right gene-pool. 

The result 'does not support the common belief of a site-specific effect of beer on the consumption seems to be rather associated with an increase in overall body fatness.'

Organized along consumption levels for women 'moderate' meant consuming at least 1/4 quart of beer a day, for men, 'moderate' meant quart a day. Don't ask how many said they were 'heavy' drinkers - it even surprised the scientists.

A beer belly was defined as one that bulges distinctly at the waist and was proportionally large in comparison to hip measurement and body size. In other words, the gut stuck out like a watermelon in a burlap sack.

The German's and the Czech's did similar studies. The Czech's said there is no weight gain from beer drinking at all, the German's say the Czech's are 'flawed' and that there is weight gain, but not in the form of a distended belly.

These guys are still fighting over the Sudetenland? Well, both seem to think beer is benign and why not, both countries slop the stuff down like a fat man in a doughnut shop.  But the question still remains, if beer doesn't cause the disgusting condition - what does?