You ate a very healthy breakfast, the right combination of protein, carbs, fats. You packed your fruit Dabba, a healthy snack box, and a low-calorie lunch. You reach the office and your colleagues are discussing what to order for lunch. You resist the urge but when they coax you into eating a slice of pizza – oh! it won’t do any harm – or convince you to have a scoop of ice cream, your diet goes for a toss.
A lot of people confess that they often over drink at parties because their friends push them to have more. Well, now there is a study to suggest that your social circle is responsible for your weight.
A recent study established that obesity spreads like a ‘social contagion’. The research was conducted by the University of Southern California who studied the behaviors of military families. The sample size of the study was 1314 parents and 1111 children.
The researcher wrote, “Social contagion in obesity means that if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese. Subconsciously, you are affected by what people around you are doing. If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence.”
Furthermore, a big culprit is the bigger and unhealthier fast food portions that are making people obese. The portion sizes today are 20 percent bigger than what they were 30 years ago. Despite trying to add healthier options, the food is calorie rich and sodium. All this contributes to the overall impact of obesity in the population.