How could I resist this headline:
According to Yet Another Study, obesity can be contagious.
Obese friends, apparently, are a … ahem … big factor in your own ever-growing waistline. Family members? Not so much.
And according to the researchers, if your friends get thin, it's likely you will, as well. But since most of the people in this 30-year study got bigger, this particular indicator gets lumped in with the other thousand or so Reasons for the Obesity Epidemic.
What's interesting to me is that the numbers hold true even if your friend lives hundreds of miles away. So it isn't just a matter of hitting the Dairy Queen together after work, or winding up a shopping trip with your best bud over pizza and beer.
Now what? Do we all have to go get new, thin friends? Do you s'pose Calista and Courtney have room in their iPhones for me?
Edited to add: The complete story from the New England Journal of Medicine is available here, no subscription necessary.