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You’re not getting fatter — you’re still growing

Can’t fit into your high school jeans any more? Blame your ongoing growth spurt. The morning trip to Krispy Kreme for a doughnut and coffee may not be helping your waistline stay slim, but new research indicates that at least some of the middle age spread is actually due to our still-growing pelvises (pelvii?).

Researchers at University of North Carolina School of Medicine studied CT scans of nearly 250 people and found that a person’s pelvic width continues to expand long after they’ve reached their maximum height. Researchers theorize that even without gaining any weight, that pelvic expansion can add an average of three inches to a person’s waist between the ages of 20 and 79.

The study was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

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