The weather is transitioning; the beautiful orange and red leaves color Upstate, New York as North Country folk start putting on their sweaters. One may think that cold weather would deter people from exercising and that obesity might be higher in cold weather states. However, the “hibernating bear” that only eats, gains weight, and reduces its activity is a theory that does not stand true for North Country folk.
ABC50 spoke with Watertown, New York Doctor William Dingman who is not only a Chiropractor; he is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN). Doctor Dingman stood up for Northern New Yorkers regarding obesity, “Some people may think that because it’s cold out that more people are obese here in the North Country, but that is just not true. Not to say that obesity is not a problem here, obesity is a nation wide issue. It’s just not as high here in New York as it is in other states- especially the southern states.
Doctor Dingman went on to explain that genetics play a large role in obesity, but so does following poor eating habits learned and passed down from generation to generation. “You can always change the way you eat and make exercise a part of your daily regimen” Doctor Dingman said. Dingman continued to point out a more recent obesity assessment that size is not necessarily weight, “Some of the statistics are way off in regards to what is overweight.”