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Friends' Weight Influences Our Own

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A new study has recently shown that what our friends weigh can actually affect our weight gain and loss.

It makes perfect sense that if you hang out with heavy people, you will probably gain weight and vice versa.

If a person is heavy, they may tend to be inactive and eat more, and that would make it very easy for you to remain inactive and make less than healthy food choices.

On the other hand, if your friends are active, always dragging you along on hikes or playing sports, and eating healthy, then you stand a better chance of following their lead.

It's all about peer pressure.

The researchers looked at two different high schools and the weights of students and the circles they ran with.

They found that overweight students with slim friends had a 40% higher chance of losing weight within the year and only a 27% chance of gaining weight.

Borderline obese students with obese friends had a 56% chance of gaining weight that year and only a 15% chance of losing weight.

So no matter who your friends are, there's no reason you all can't get into better shape together.

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