What relates basketball to fat? Your hands and fingers!

What relates basketball to fat? Your hands & fingers!

Big hands, basketball & fat:

You may have wondered sometime: why do basketball players have big hands and long fingers? The question is answered by researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of California-Riverside. Their research results indicate that individuals with a long index finger compared to the ring finger (a low ‘finger ratio’) appear to more inclined to voluntarily participate in intense physical exertion.

The results indicate that if you absolutely detest exercising, it may not be due to laziness or lack of willpower… it might be related to your hormones & the length of your fingers! Although the researchers believe their findings are applicable to humans, the study actually involved 1,000 white mice. And you probably weren’t even aware that mice had fingers.

The men in white aren’t perfect specimens, mind you — 44 percent are overweight and 6 percent are obese — but that’s considerably leaner than the general public, 65 percent of whom are overweight, and fully 32 percent obese. Yours truly has no idea why the Harvard Physicians’ study did not include female M.D.s, but simple cowardice comes to mind.

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