July 19th, 2010

  Yes according to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Our social circle can have a dramatic impact on our own weight. Obesity, it turns out, is infectious. On average, having an obese friend made a person gain about 17 pounds. In fact there is a better than a 50/50 chance that you can predict someone's weight health by looking at those in their immediate social circle. And, it even seems to infect at a distance: friends who live far away and see each other infrequently are just as influenced by each other's weight gain than friends who live near one another. We tend to pattern our behaviors after our friends and establish personal norms that […]

Forget Al Gore's PowerPoint map predicting the ominous crawl of global warming devastation; if you want a real jolt of "inconvenient truth" already present, check out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's map displaying an all out rampage of obesity rates flaring across the U.S.  You need hard evidence the nation's health is in serious decline? This is it – graphic depiction of lifestyle risk far more bloated than mere "middle aged spread."  With barely a trace of obesity prevalence noted in the United States in 1985 to the current 30% of the U.S. population, it's obvious the problem is real and widespread.  That's right – two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. The avalanche impact […]

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