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Childhood Companions Influence Your Weight

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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 Childhood Companions Influence Your Weight

Your childhood companions influence how much one weighs as an adult rather than by those one spends time with during adulthood, according to researchers from the Newcastle University in the UK.

Researchers opined that so far the effect of our adult social networks on our weight may have been overestimated.

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Following the study of Body Mass Index (BMI's) of 236 pairs of adolescent siblings who lived together and 838 pairs of adult siblings who did not live together, researchers noted that family factors, like heredity and similar upbringing, explained similarities in BMI in both the siblings who lived together and those siblings who did not. This implies that behaviors formed during childhood are carried into adulthood.

Study researcher Heather Brown said, "The findings demonstrate the importance of early interventions to prevent obesity."

The results are published in journal Obesity.

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