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Heat and humidity linked to obesity in Southern states

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If you live in East Texas and find yourself struggling to exercise during summer months, well, you're not alone.

According to a study created by UT Austin, heat and humidity are linked to obesity. Local East Texans agreed, saying, "I like to run, and it's just way too hot to run", and, "If it's outside I wouldn't work out. You'd have a heat stroke". 

Scholars discovered that summer weather helps explain why warm and wet Southern states are more likely to be obese than those in the dry and cool Mountain West areas. KETK spoke with a Professor at UT Tyler, Reuben Cowan, who said, "People like to go outside to exercise so that is taken away in a lot of ways". 

Other factors also contribute to obesity, like demographics and restaurant options, but heat and humidity were still a major factor. Cowan said, "Yes maybe because of your inactivity during the summer, you could be gaining some pounds and then you could carry those through the winter". 

So Cowan recommends adjusting your schedule to exercise during times where temperatures are the lowest. He recommends, "The best times really are probably 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. if you can get out that point in time, and then in the evening probably 7 p.m./8 p.m."  You can choose indoor activities, like swimming or running on a track.  

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