Good Morning America: Thinfluence Review
If you’re having a hard time controlling your weight, it might not be entirely your fault. Thinfluence, a new book coauthored by Dan Childs, Malissa Wood and Walter C. Willet reveals new research that identifies family and friends as part of the problem for your weight, according to Good Morning America.
GMA: Weight Loss Blame Game
It’s no secret that genetics play a part in weight troubles, but your personal relationships may also contribute. Thinfluence tries to take the feeling of guilt away from the individual, and lay the blame on those around them.
Cardiologist and author Malissa Wood can see the effect in her own life. Her daughter loves vegetables, and anything green, thanks to her mother. Additionally, all of Malissa Wood’s children are avid runners, like their mom. Malissa Wood has always led by example, even by taking them out for runs in the stroller when they were only a couple of weeks old.
Good Morning America: Bad Influence from Spouse or Best Friend
Influence can also go the negative way. Researchers say you have a 37% chance of becoming obese if a spouse is obese, and a 57% chance if your best friend is. These close relationships can put you in a similar mindset, and have you follow their eating and exercise habits.
Even at the office you can be affected. In the office of Good Morning America, Deborah Roberts found pastries, candy and potato chips that were left for others to enjoy. This kind of influence can also affect you negatively.
GMA: Making Healthy Decisions
You don’t have to lose your friends over their unhealthy eating habits. In fact, you can take charge and set an example by making healthy decisions and influencing your friends. They may thank you in the long run. Suggest a walk with your co-workers on your lunch break, or pack healthy foods. Ask your friend to take up a new exercise with you. Always take charge of your own life and health, even if those around you aren’t doing the same.