Thursday, September 3, 2009

Childhood Obesity

Friendship Influences Eating Behavior

Good company doesn't always mean healthy behavior -- at least that appears to be the case where friends and healthy eating are concerned. A study of childhood obesity in the United States found that children are far more likely to overeat in the company of friends than that of strangers. Lead author Sarah Salvy notes: "If we hope to change the growing obesity epidemic among children, friends and family need to be involved. If the environment in which children live doesn't change... any progress children may make in their eating behavior won't last."

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