Watch Out, Obesity Has Gone Viral!

I have written several blog posts about how the company you keep affects your ability to stay healthy and maintain a normal body weight. Now, a new study out of Harvard confirms it.

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I have written several blog posts about how the company you keep affects your ability to stay healthy and maintain a normal body weight. Now, a new study out of Harvard confirms it.

Researchers found that having obese friends makes you more likely to be obese. The theory is that your friends probably have an influence on your eating habits, exercise regimen and overall perspective on healthy living. If your time is spent with couch potatoes who have no concept of healthy eating, it may “infect” you too.

This new study urges us not so much to dump our overweight friends, but rather to be each other’s cheerleaders, nutritionists, best friends and personal trainers.

Some of the most incredible Dr. Oz shows are those where groups of people (friends, sisters, parents and children) come together to transform their lives. I anxiously await the follow-up episodes on their progress because I know that strength in numbers is so important when it comes to losing weight. Seeing the group stand together and congratulate each other on their success is heartwarming.

If you encourage healthy living among your inner circle, you’ll be healthier too. Current projections estimate that in 40 years, over 40% of Americans will be obese. Isn’t it time to stand together to change our fate?

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...