Monday, 30 July 2007

The Link between friends and obesity

So you think it's the cookies, chips and bread that make you fat?
Well, maybe. But in a major study, UCSD and Harvard researchers point a finger at an unlikely culprit: the subtle – perhaps even subconscious – influence of spouses, family members and, most important, close friends.
If those people become overweight or obese, you'll be more likely to think that such a body shape and the lifestyle behaviors contributing to it are OK. The result: You are more likely to gain pounds within a couple of years.
In other words, obesity might spread through “person to person” social interactions, much like the influenza virus spreads through the air.
Likewise, the reverse is true: If your family and trusted friends become thin, you are more likely to lose weight as well.
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5 comments:

teeB@ said...

hehehheheeee.....it sure duz happen....


my family is chubby lyk me...n soo r a couple of my friends....

Saira plzzzzzz.....b my friend..closest one.....i really want to get smart!!! :P :D ;)

well it can happen vice versa....so beware :P

LoLzzz

Attique said...

I read that yesterday in the paper and thought it was complete rubbish!

Xunaira said...

i read it a long time back in reader's digest i think...and i think it's true...

Syra said...

teeba, i m here 4 u ;)
attique,u r being harsh, it ain't completely rubbish-the flaws\limitations in the research have been mentioned in the article
zunaira, this research got published on th 27th of this month, aap nay readers digest may kahan par lee, dejavu eh? :)

Xunaira said...

o now i recall...that article was related to why men and women gain weight after marriage...and kher...uss main jo reason stated thi that was not similar to this...anyway...i do know that agar aap k friends main koi mota ho and you're gaining weight as well to as long as you're not as fat as that person aap ko dil main aik tasalli rehti hai k yar "i'm not as fat as that friend of mine"...since i've worked hard at losing weight i do know that it takes a LOT of pumping from people around you to convince you to lose weight! if that's not there then certainly you'll keep putting on the pounds...but of course this is not the way EVERYONE thinks...some people only need a little push to make them conscious about their physique...