Monday, July 16

Fat Friends Make You Fat


But with the right support change is possible...

Peer Pressure & Why Your Friends Are Making You Fatter


Early on it became clear that we wanted our children on board and to be fully involved eating the same foods we ate, getting the same nutrition we were getting .  You see, in order to make real changes that last a lifetime it's not something that works with half measures.  And to be honest, the peer support from the children once we committed to a caveman style diet has been invaluable.  Our boys understand through trial and self experiment and through talking about it that drinking fizzy pop and consuming bags of sweets or searching out chocolate digestives has a bio chemical reaction in their bodies.  Our daughter can see that eating potato chips and crisps, chasing pizza and burgers - well, the food doesn't actually taste great and it leaves her with an empty feeling and more hunger.  It's good to share and to learn and to talk more around the table.  It becomes another way of holding us all together and we thrive on love it!

It also delights me to hear each of them talk loudly and clearly on the subject of food.  One of our sons was the subject of much talk in his class as a result of his weight loss and he passed on details to those interested of how a caveman diet has made a difference.  The group support he experienced has been invaluable in his weight loss. It's about building  a community of devotees and embracing change.  We all benefit from that.
Did you know Arizona University interviewed 101 local women alongside 812 of their closest friends and relatives and discovered the fatter a woman's social circle, the more likely for that woman to be obese herself?  
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The Power of Persuasion
Their findings echo earlier research from Warwick University in England which analysed data from 27,000 adults across 29 countries.  The report  they produced concluded that  Europeans judged their weight by comparing it with those around them rather than scientifically through Body Mass Index (BMI) "Human beings compare themselves among their localised peer group even if they are not conscious of it" says Professor Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick adding therefore "Rising obesity needs to be seen as a sociological problem rather than a physiological one."  

How is your peer group influencing you?

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