Don't dine with friends

Don't dine with friends
Don't dine with friends
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Overweight children and teens eat more when they dine with other fat friends.

Don't dine with friends

If you are having lunch with overweight friends, beware of overeating.

Small study shows that overweight children and teens eat more when they dine with other fat friends.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo looked at groups of children aged 9 to 15 and concluded that when snacking with friends, children ate more than when they were in the company of strangers. This tendency increased if the children found themselves in a circle of children as full as themselves.

The study included 23 overweight and 42 normal children. Each child spent 45 minutes with board games and snacks, first with a stranger and then with a friend.

Friends during these gatherings consumed more calories than pairs of unfamiliar children, and the company of full mates ate 738 calories, on average, against 444 calories eaten by a company of overweight and thin children.

Scientists want to draw parents' attention to how friends can influence a child's lifestyle. They hope this study will help parents control their child's weight.

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