Women & heart disease: is obesity contagious?

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by Carolyn Thomas  @HeartSisters

Having a tough time losing weight as part of your heart-healthy lifestyle? Take a look at your friends.

Close friends can influence your weight even more than genes or your family members, say researchers reporting in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study, co-authored by longtime collaborators Dr. Nicholas Christakis and Dr. James Fowler suggests that obesity isn’t just spreading – it may be as contagious between close friends as the common cold.

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