Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
FRIENDS LET FRIENDS GET FAT
They say obesity is contagious now. (It’s all over the news.) Leading thinkers talk about idea viruses and memes in everything from marketing to sociology to DNA to evolution, so it was only a matter of time before the health industry chimed in. Obesity, we’re being told, is contagious, just like the common cold. If you spend your time with overweight people, you’re likely to “catch” obesity.
I’m not really certain what the take-away message is here. Shun fat friends? I can’t decide if this is a case of Captain Obvious – no kidding we’re like the people we spend time with – or if it’s a cop-out for taking personal responsibility. And as a fellow Angeleno said, since we now face such high rates of second-hand obesity, we’re just a city council vote away from “obese” and “thin” sections in restaurants. Can I sue if I get fat because my friends have “caught” obesity?
To wit: the Nyquil solution to obesity.
I can envision the commercials now. Our bulbous buddy tosses and turns all night, but darn it all, that stomach roll just won’t allow for proper sleeping comfort. Climbing a flight of stairs, our fellow infected friend wheezes in exasperation – man, I caught obesity again! There are over two hundred types of the common cold. Who knows how many types of obesity there are! With today’s busy lifestyle and hectic pace, you need to get back to your life, and finding a new circle of friends is just too time-consuming. We understand. Fortunately, there’s a soothing medication available to you at the corner drugstore.
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