This is an inneresting study!
Researchers have found that overweight military personnel who live at higher elevations were less likely to become obese, unlike those at lower heights!
The study was conducted over six years and included 100,000 men and women in the U.S. Army or Air Force who had been in service for at least two years. Their findings were curiouser and curiouser! According to the New York Times:
“Previous studies of the general population have shown that the rates of obesity are four times higher in low-altitude counties than high-altitude ones, though it is unclear why.
For this six-year study, published in the April issue of PLOS One, researchers used records of 98,009 military members with at least two years of service as they moved between assignments at high altitude (1.2 miles above sea level or higher, such as around Colorado Springs) and low (0.6 miles or lower).”
Apparently, hormones that control our appetites, like Leptin, rise at higher altitudes and this could be part of the reason.
Other than that, Science is stumped!
But if you’re looking for a super healthy lifestyle, then it may be time to head for the hills!