Community obesity rate may influence members' weight: study

Updated 2018-01-26 11:24:03

If you live in a community with a high rate of obesity, it is likely that your own weight will increase as well, according to a recent study in the Journal of American Medical Association.

Researchers studied more than 1,500 U.S. military families who were assigned to 38 places with varying obesity rates.

The reason why military families were the sample of study is that they usually relocate according to military requirements instead of personal choice, thus avoiding the self-selection bias.

Using data on county obesity prevalence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that those who were assigned to communities with higher rates of obesity reported a higher rate of becoming overweight.

"Living in a community where obesity is more of the norm than not can influence what is socially acceptable in terms of eating and exercise behaviors and body size," Ashlesha Datar, author of the study, explained.

Researchers added that the result may help explain why obesity rates in some regions of U.S. tend to be higher than those in other regions.

(Source: Agencies)

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58February 19 2019 13:10:01

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16February 19 2019 13:10:01

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18February 19 2019 13:10:01

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords