Season's Eatings Cause Rise In Santa Belly

A new report reveals that Aussies are set to endure more than just a New Year hangover this year, with statistics showing that a staggering three in four Australians admit to purely gluttonous behaviour over the festive season. By the time Christmas Day rolls around, more than one in 10 admit to struggling to eating their Christmas dinner.

The Chemists’ Own Healthy Summer Report shows that while it is the season to eat, drink and be merry, a third of us head out to four or more Christmas parties, an average of one a week during December, with some people (3%) attending nine or more celebrations.

The silly season also sees Aussies push their consumption to the brink as they admit to drinking more than usual (26%), eating richer foods than normal (43%) – and a third actually admitting they’re eating to the point of discomfort, with women the biggest culprits of overindulgence. A quarter also confess that their exercise regime goes out the window, or in fact, stops altogether.

Pharmacist, Gerald Quigley, said: “There is certainly a lot of temptation out there to rock the balance of healthy living during the festive season. It’s important that during this time we all try to maintain some regular exercise, as well as incorporate some alcohol-free days and look to keep up a good intake of fruit and veggies.”

For many, the festive season which starts in fun however, often ends in tears – with 65% of Aussies admitting to suffering from some type of digestive complaint as a result. More than half experience bloating (56%), more than one in 10 indulge to the point of stomach cramps – and more than a fifth (22%) cite ‘excess wind’ on account of the festive splurge.

Quigley continued: “Sometimes there are some indulgences we simply can’t deny ourselves and if these play havoc with people’s tummies, there a range of digestive products available that can help.”

Gerald Quigley’s tips for a healthy Christmas:

• Consider your portion sizes and overall food choices
• Be a stayer, not a sprinter - pace yourself when eating meals
• Have water by your side and keep up your water intake
• Be aware of any food sensitivities you have such as gluten or lactose intolerance

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