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Insight on What Birth Order Reveals About Weight

September 06, 2015 2 min read

It seems that from the moment we meet, we're at odds with our siblings. We love them, appreciate them, care for them ... and sometimes can't stand them. We spend our lives comparing. We size each other up in everything that we do. From which parent loves us best to who has the most friends. And as adults? Well, we won't feel bad if we have to discuss with mom that sis has packed on a couple extra pounds. And as if we needed another reason to bring up an argument, a recent study has given us a reason to point the finger. The study, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, found that older sisters are more likely to gain weight. Say what?! For the study, researchers from New Zealand and Sweden dug into medical records of 13,000 pairs of Swedish sisters who were either first born or second born. The researches then  tracked them over a span of 20 years. The findings were not in favor of the elder. [bctt tweet="Insight on What Birth Order Reveals About Weight"] In comparison to their younger sisters, the study concluded that firstborn women are 29 percent more likely to be overweight, and 40 percent more likely to be obese. It was also found that firstborns have a higher risk of contracting diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. But why is this so? Unfortunately, the researchers are unsure, as this was an observational study. While none of this is funny, if you're the younger sister, perhaps take a moment to relish in the fact that even though you were the subject of frequent bullying sessions from your older sibling, perhaps your time has come to say, "take that!" What do you think of these findings? Source: Elle  

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