Make New Friends
Fatness is contagious. “If your spouse is obese, there’s a 50 percent chance that you’re obese,” says Nazario, adding, “and if your friends are obese there’s a 60–200 percent increase in likelihood that you’ll be obese.” The problem here is that food is social, and if someone in your peer group orders fries, you’ll probably get them too. That was the finding of a 2013 study that found diners often picked from the same menu groups (think the burger versus the salad column) when ordering at a restaurant. Nazario recommends joining a running group to meet healthier friends, but also encouraging your friends and spouse to join you.