Advertisement

How is Thanksgiving linked to weight gain?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Thanksgiving has become a holiday that we associate with over eating. If we only overate for one day and returned to our normal eating habits, we would probably not gain weight. The problem arises because we generally overeat the entire weekend. We don't want to throw away leftovers. Also with company in town, we tend to eat out and keep celebrating the entire weekend. Additionally some people see Thanksgiving as the beginning of the "holiday season" and a license to keep over eating for the next six weeks until the New Year.
Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Thanksgiving tradition in this country has morphed into acceptable binge eating. Many people go all day without eating anything only to binge and gorge once the holiday meal is served. This type of eating behavior often continues in the weekend with leftovers. In general, one large meal will not cause true prolonged weight gain. However, when someone continues to eat this way throughout the entire weekend (and often the entire holiday season) weight gain is inevitable.

Continue Learning about Healthy Holidays

7 Ways to Stop Holiday Weight Gain
7 Ways to Stop Holiday Weight Gain7 Ways to Stop Holiday Weight Gain7 Ways to Stop Holiday Weight Gain7 Ways to Stop Holiday Weight Gain
Here’s how to ring in the new year without putting on pounds. By Olivia DeLong The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can bring joy, excite...
Start Slideshow
5 Holiday Food Swaps
5 Holiday Food Swaps5 Holiday Food Swaps5 Holiday Food Swaps5 Holiday Food Swaps
You won’t even notice you’re eating fewer calories. Your diet doesn’t have to get in the way of your holiday cheer. Instead, pick and choose the healt...
Start Slideshow
What Is a Healthy Recipe for Holiday Cookies?
What Is a Healthy Recipe for Holiday Cookies?
Tips and Tricks: Healthy Eating for the Holidays
Tips and Tricks: Healthy Eating for the Holidays

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.