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Research shows that friends influence your eating – and how much you weigh. Yes, you are not only what you eat – you are who you eat with. Read on…
There was a fascinating diet study done with the fun name of “Friends don’t let friends eat cookies.” (explored by Mary Howland, Jeffrey Hunger and Traci Mann in the journal Appetite (2012).
Here’s the cliff notes:
Who you spend time with determines how much food you eat – or don’t eat.
In their interesting research study, two out of three friends were secretly told to restrict tempting foods while in the presence of a third friend.
This study reminds me of that famous Jim Rohn quote:
“You become the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
Our friends do influence a lot of our behaviors – consciously and subconsciously.
With this in mind, Rohn’s quote could be updated to say…
“You become the same weight as the people you spend the most time with – because our friends influence how we think about food!”
There was also a recent second dieting study which reported how our friendships influence our eating habits. But in this case, this study was on overeating.
Dr. Julie Exline, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University, found that folks who are “people pleasers” tend to be vulnerable to eating more food.
If you have the characteristic of a “people pleaser” you’re more likely to eat more – in an effort to make others feel comfortable, even if…
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