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Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 14:25

I can not believe the Chicago Tribune actually let this article post. It's Headlined: Friendship at heart of obesity; Overweight? Pals may play key role, researchers say. By Judy Peres Tribune staff reporter 11:09 PM CDT, July 25, 2007 Basically, this article is accusing us fat people of giving our friends the gift of fatness and forewarns the "thin" population to EXPAND their network of friends to minimize contact with us fatties. For those of you who don't want to waste time googling it, here: Your friends may be more important than your genes in determining whether you gain weight, according to a new study billed as the first to demonstrate that obesity tends to spread through social networks. The study, which followed a group of Americans for more than three decades, found that a person's chances of becoming obese increase dramatically after a close friend or relative fattens up. The same thing happens when someone close slims down. The authors of the paper speculate the reason is "the spread of norms from people to people. People change their minds about what constitutes an acceptable body mass index" as their close friends gain or lose weight, said co-author Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School. (Note from Jo: Basically one person says to her/himself "I can gain 5 pounds, I'm not as fat as so-and-so..) Ok, so really, google the article because I may be finishing it here, but it goes on to cite more crap than I care to repeat.


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Posted on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 22:17

Recently, I've been losing weight but I have to admit that I'm getting a kick out of seeing my "friends" and people I know that have always been skinny and attracted people because of it getting heavy in their older ages. I guess I should be enjoying it as much as I do, but really a lot of these people never missed a chance to pick at me about weight and now all they can say is oh my you're looking good and losing weight. Dang I've been putting on a few lbs. And I usually say, "Yeah...I know."


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Posted on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 20:04

Good God, what a crock. Firstly, they had a controlled environment of just over 12,000 participants...mmmmm, and what is current the population of the US? Both my brother and sister are rail thin, my parents are (get this...) "normal" as well...lol. My friends range from thin to obese. Whoop de do...and I'm... just ME. I wonder if it ever occurred to any researcher that it could be evolutionary? Yes, there are health issues that are associated with severe obesity. But being overweight does not make one necessarily unhealthly. Our society is not one that breeds the physical, we breed the intellectual. Technological advances have put us well into the realm of mental/emotional/psychic development. But, unfortunately, we are still a society that breeds malcontent, does not put effort into our youth, places media interests ahead of community interests, etc. It is amusing all the "research" that's done for the sake of obesity. It's fuel for the fire of prejudicial thinking (oh, and must not forget the pharmaceutical and diet industry!!!). Why not take the time to speak to individuals about the why of who they are and what they do. No wait, that would be too damn logical. Are they victims of child abuse, broken homes, drug abuse, etc. or, perhaps, victims of the influence of the media and our capitalistic society that burns those at the stake that do not fit the "current" acceptable mold. Pshaw... The hell with them all. Stand up for yourself and who you are. One voice can stir another, which in turn will stir another...


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Posted on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 20:03

I read that and dismissed it. I have many friends and if anything they lose weight during our tenure of friendship. So this article is only fishing, they don't know any of that for sure. We who live the life know how our friends react and how we react to our friends. Amuseme don't believe everything you read in the paper or on the net. Look around you - see the reality for yourself. You're smart, I know you know all of this. Natalie 32132


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Posted on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 09:57

My life proves how wrong this article is.


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