Obesity is really contagious! Want to lose weight or have to make friends with fitness people

The Chinese New Year is coming, and it’s a good time to gather with family members to eat a big meal. The rumor on the Internet that “every festive season puts on three pounds” is not unreasonable. In addition to eating and drinking, do you know that gaining weight is also “contagious”?

According to HealthDay News, living in a community with a high rate of obesity may increase the chances that you and your children will become fat. Researchers explain that living in a community with a lot of fat people affects the social acceptance of diet and exercise behaviors and body size. This may be a phenomenon called “social transmission” at work, although the study did not prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

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Researchers surveyed more than 1,500 U.S. Army families. Army families were selected for the study because they typically move based on military requirements rather than personal preferences. This dispels a theory about regional obesity from the start – that obese people like to associate with people who are as fat as they are.

The researchers looked at data on about 1,300 parents and 1,100 children from 2013 to 2014. The families were stationed at or near 38 military installations across the United States. Researchers first examined family members’ body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight. They then assessed the “shared environment” in which the service families lived, counting the number of grocery stores, sports and recreational facilities, and so on.

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In addition, the researchers weighed the overall obesity rates in each community. These ranged from 21% (El Paso County, Colorado) to 38% (Vernon County, Louisiana).

The study found that military families assigned to counties with higher obesity rates were more likely to be overweight or obese than military families assigned to counties with lower obesity rates. The opposite was also true: moving to a county with a lower obesity rate reduced a family’s chances of becoming obese.

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The researchers said that most people think they can control their behavior. But when asked about specific situations – such as going out to eat with friends and whether what their friends ordered influenced their meal choices – respondents’ responses changed. They would realize that other people around them do influence their meal choices.

Researchers suggest that if you want to change your weight, diet and exercise habits, then make friends who eat more healthily and exercise more often.

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Related research was published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association”.

Healthy Weight Management Approaches: How Should Seniors Lose Weight?

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that people with a body mass index (BMI) between 22.6 and 27. East Asians have the lowest risk of developing the disease. Relatively speaking, slightly obese people are thinner, and even after surgery, slightly obese people will have a better effect on postoperative healing and recovery.

Appropriate subcutaneous fat can store some energy, and can also better help the body resist cold, enhance immunity, and protect some important organs of the body. If there is too much body fat accumulation, health risks. While some people are of normal weight and have a normal BMI, the risk is often greater if fat accumulates in the body.

How should seniors lose weight?

  1. Exercise more

Climbing several floors of stairs out of breath, slow movement, and lack of physical strength indicate a decline in cardiorespiratory function, so the elderly should have at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a day, such as cycling, brisk walking, skipping and swimming. Can improve cardiorespiratory function , to improve physical fitness, exercise at least 3 minutes to 4 times a week.

2~3 times a week with strength training can maintain muscle strength, stimulate muscle growth, improve basic metabolic rate, help lose weight, improve balance ability, and prevent falls.

Obese older adults initially focused on aerobic exercise to keep weight and body fat percentage within normal ranges, then added strength training.

  1. Adjust your diet

On the premise of ensuring a balanced nutrition, it is necessary to strictly control the total daily calorie intake, pay attention to a light diet, eat more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and do not eat too well.

The elderly can adopt the principle of small meals and frequent meals, 7 to 8 minutes per meal is enough, and they cannot overeat. In addition, developing the habit of actively drinking water can increase the basal metabolic rate.


It can be seen that obese elderly people should actively lose weight to reduce the burden on various organs of the body and maintain a normal immune system. In daily life, in addition to closing your mouth and opening your legs, you should also adjust your emotions, face everything calmly, and don’t care too much about gains and losses.

Under the guidance of a doctor, it is necessary to ensure enough sleep and take medicine to solve sleep disorders.