Posts Tagged ‘weight’

I’ll admit it: I’m guilty of prematurely judging people based on their weight. But before you start rioting in the streets, trying to discredit me as a health blogger, hear me out. I’m not saying overweight people aren’t worthwhile people; I just don’t associate being overweight with being fit.

That was, until I read multiple articles claiming that overweight people could be just as fit, if not fitter, than thin people. And if those articles didn’t change my mind on the subject, my experience at the gym a few days ago sure did.

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Okay, here’s the situation: you’re out to dinner with friends and it’s time to order. Your friends all end up ordering before you, each telling the waiter what they want. They’re all deliciously unhealthy, like a burger and fries. It’s finally your turn to order. Initially, you planned on getting a salad, but the stuff your friends ordered just sounds so good.

So, what do you do? Do you order a salad, or do you cave and get that burger? We’ve all been there, and it’s okay if you ordered the burger. But, recent studies show that what your friends eat can directly affect what you eat, and it’s not always in a good way.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a Harvard study that followed groups of friends for 32 years. Basically, the study found obesity to be a type of “communicable disease,” in that it can spread from person to person. Now, I’m not saying that obesity is something you can “catch,” like a bad cold or the flu, but being friends with an obese person can greatly increase your risk of becoming obese as well.

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