Obesity is contagious?

I know – it sounds ridiculous, right? Well, according to the New York Times, it’s true. If your friends are obese, chances are you’re going to be obese, too.

Oh, and it doesn’t even matter if you live far away. According to the article, “Proximity did not seem to matter: the influence of the friend remained even if the friend was hundreds of miles away.”

So, to my friends out there, I apologize in advance if you feel like you’ve been gaining weight. You probably have. And it’s all my fault.

On the plus side, the article also says, “The same effect seemed to occur for weight loss.”

So, to my friends out there, please go on diets and lose some weight… that way, I’ll lose weight, too!

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