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July 13, 2010

What Causes a Beer Belly? The Truth

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Have years of too many beers morphed your six-pack abs into a keg? If you have a "beer belly," you are not alone. It seems beer drinkers across the globe have a tendency to grow bellies, especially as they get older, and especially if they are men.

But is it really beer that causes a "beer belly"? Not all beer drinkers have them -- some teetotallers sport large ones. So what really causes men, and some women, to develop the infamous paunch?

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