Does the old saying ring true that “birds of a feather flock together”, “you are who you hang out with”? Is obesity contagious? This is how one reporter described in and it seems there could be some element of truth.
I absolutely adopt traits of my friends after spending time with them. I love the way one (hi Jules) says “hello friend” and another exudes joy over his yoga practice…so yup I gave both things a try myself! When I head out to eat with friends, if everyone orders an appetizer or there is the option to split a dessert then I find myself digging in more than I would if making the choices alone.
What is interesting to me is that a friend need not be overweight to encourage these behaviors. When eating out with skinny friends it is also easy to assume that if they are eating a burger and fries while looking so svelte you can too…what you may not know is they did a 20 mile long run, they ate super clean every other meal of the week.
As of Feb 2012
More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
Approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.While I may not agree with this campaign in Georgia, I do believe their hearts were initially in the right place…trying to find a way to cut through the media to get our attention. Something has to change…which is why I think it’s fantastic we have an advocate in the White House that is serving as an example and engaging with America’s youth to make a change.
And the Yoga Challenge starts today! Make sure you sign up to win a year of free yoga.
I am grateful for women in power who choose to use it to make a real difference.