American philanthropist W. Clement Stone once said, “You are a product of your environment. Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.” The quote is interpreted as such: if you spend a lot of time in an unhealthy environment around people who practice unhealthy lifestyle habits, you’ll eventually start practicing the same habits.
The saying is especially true in regards to diet and exercise. If the people you live or spend time with constantly order pizza and indulge in quarts of ice cream in one sitting, it can be tempting to stray from your healthy diet of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Likewise, if your friends or family members ditch the gym in favor of staying home to watch a television show, it can be hard to say no when they invite you to do the same.
A new study is showing that those who eat meals with overweight or obese individuals will tend to eat more unhealthy foods, even if the obese person is eating healthy foods. The study, which was conducted by the Mayo Medical Clinic and Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, invited 82 university students to a luncheon in which they were offered spaghetti and salad.