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Q: How do I deal with friends who aren’t concerned with their health as I try to lose weight?

Posted September 11, 2013 in Advice Column, Des Moines West

A: You’re right to recognize the power our friends and family have on our daily choices. Even the most well-intentioned person can have trouble when surrounded by people consuming sugar, fat, alcohol and salt in high doses. In fact, in 2007 the New England Journal of Medicine concluded, after following an interconnected network of more than 12,000 subjects, that people who associate with overweight people become obese themselves — even if they’re not geographically close. For that reason, it is crucial to find the support system that aligns with your personal health goals. Make friends with the people in your exercise class — get together socially outside of class. Use online support. Internet-based programs have advanced tremendously — many are interactive and can be very effective. Use a personal health coach or a formal group for personal support and accountability. Groups, and especially one-on-one coaching can be powerful, but sometimes pricey. Be mindful of personality and budget compatibility. So, knowing what we need to do can be different than doing what we need to do. Choosing to associate with like-minded individuals can make all the difference in your success.

Information from www.balanceiskey.tsfl.com/explore, provided by Dr. Cheryl Child, D.O., Certified Health Coach with Take Shape for Life.





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