Having the central heating on may be contributing to our ballooning waistlines
A report from Dutch researchers suggests higher temperatures in homes, offices and hospitals provide more comfort, but mean bodies no longer need to burn extra calories to keep warm.
A Maastricht University Medical Centre group says 19C (66F) is sufficient to provide the right balance.
There is the argument that turning down the thermostat would merely prompt people to eat more.
The report said people spent 90% of their time indoors and yet "we cool and heat our dwellings for maximal comfort while minimising our body energy expenditure necessary to control body temperatures".
The energy balance is shifted towards weight gain and can require a drop in temperature to help burn off some calories.
Two in every three adults in the UK are classed as overweight or obese, and it is a growing problem globally.
Cases have quadrupled to about one billion in the developing world since 1980.
A cold environment switches on brown fat deposits, which are said to generate 300 times more heat than any organ in the body.
so there you have it
- next time you see a central heating engineer, tell him he's slowly killing your family
- move the fridge to the point furthest away from the sofa. that way when you need comfort food, at least you will get a bit of exercise going to get it.
have a nice day, n turn the room stat down to 19.
Turn your stat down now and see for yourself.
Save yourself and the planet at the same time!!!!