Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Fat Friends... and the opposite
Recently I met up with Dan in Madison to watch the Illini vs. the Wisconsin Badgers (we lost). Dan and I talk a lot via the web but usually only see each other a few times a year (during Bears games) but we correspond a lot. Any reader of this blog knows that Dan is quite the fitness fanatic / zealot and has really done a lot to get in tremendous shape over the last few years.
Seeing Dan reminded me of some research that I saw on friends... from this BBC article (a reputable source)
"Fat Friends Can Boost Your Size"
"The work, by scientists at the University of Warwick, Dartmouth College, and the University of Leuven, is being presented to an economics conference in Cambridge Massachusetts. They suggest choices about appearance, on which decisions such as job offers or being deemed attractive are based, are determined by the choices others around you make. So, if people around you are fat, it is permissible for you to be fat too."
Thus hanging out with Dan reminds me that while I am getting a bit smaller, I have a long way to go. One thing that isn't helping is the AMAZINGLY large portions of food that are dispensed to me continuously. Above is a photo of food from a local Italian restaurant (a chain) called Maggianos - these is one HALF order of pasta and meatballs with a HALF order of stuffed mushrooms. We take the 1/2 order and cut it into essentially quarters and it is still too much food (we won't get those mushrooms again... they expanded like balloons in my stomach). This is for two people. Who needs to eat that much food?
Maybe if I had different friends...
Cross posted at Chicago Boyz