We’ve all heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat,’ but some recent research tells us we might also be who we eat with. Check it out!
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your HER Daily Dose.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat,’ but some recent research tells us we might also be who we eat with.
In a study published in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, researchers analyzed students from two high schools and found that overweight students who had lean friends had a 40 percent chance of dropping weight within a year, versus only a 27 percent chance of gaining weight during that time. But if borderline obese students had obese friends there was a 56 percent chance that they’d gain weight during the year, and only a 15 percent chance they’d drop some pounds.
The researchers conclude that social influence is indeed a big factor in weight loss and gain. If you hang out with friends heavier than you, you’re more likely to gain weight and those who socialize with leaner friends tend to maintain their weight, or even lose a few pounds.
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