“Beer Consumption and the ‘Beer Belly’: Scientific Basis or Common Belief?” M. Schutze, M. Schulz, A. Steffen, M.M. Bergmann, A. Kroke, L. Lissner, and H. Boeing, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 63, no. 9, September 2009, pp. 1143–9. (Thanks to Tim Reese for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke in Nuthetal, Germany, at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany, and at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. report [AIR 16:2]:
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The term “beer belly” expresses the common belief that beer consumption is a major determinant of waist circumference. CONCLUSIONS: This study does not support the common belief of a site-specific effect of beer on the abdomen, the beer belly.