Friendship may also influence obesity

Besides being based on genes it is now noted that even friendship may also play a vital role in making one overweight and obese.  A recent study conducted at the University of Southern California stated that social circles can influence a person to become obese, suggesting the risk of becoming overweight increases if one moves to an area with a high rate of obesity.For the study, the researchers included parents and children of US Army personnel at 38 bases.

The chances of becoming overweight or obese for a teenager increased four-six per cent rise in every one per cent of obesity.On the other hand, the risk of the parent becoming obese or overweight went up five per cent for an increase in every one per cent of obesity in the area.

The longer the families lived there, the more likely they put on weight Obesity can be caused by many variables, and previous research has shown living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities. In the same way friendships and friendcircles also impact the factors that add on to obesity and overweight.