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Dear Poll: Are your Friends Making you Fat?

According to new research, some are saying that obesity is contagious, but not in the same way a virus is contagious, contagious in a social sense. After studying this claim, researchers believe obesity spreads through social networks from person to person to person, indicating that if someone's friend becomes obese, that person’s chances of becoming obese increases by more than half. Same thing holds true for family members -- if a person's siblings became obese, they are 40 percent more likely to grow obese, while people whose spouse's became obese were 37 percent more likely.


So what do you think about these new claims? Even if you aren't "obese" per se, do you feel yourself being influenced by your friends, family members, or spouse's eating habits and body image? Do you think the outcome of this research is viable in your life?

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