Stick with the winners!

Overweight and obese young adults tend to have friends and romantic partners who are also overweight/obese, according to a new study from Brown University.

But if they have friends who are trying to lose weight, they are more likely to also be trying to do so.  Recent work by Dr. Christakis and colleagues has shown that friend groups tend to gain and lose weight together.

Young (and old) people trying to lose weight should be sure to maintain friendships and relationships with thinner folks.  But don’t give up your bigger friends either!  Research has shown that Americans have fewer and fewer close friends; loneliness is a precursor to bad health.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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