Obesity is contagious.
I first heard about this concept watching Boston Legal when William Shatner’s character Denny fired a show character for being fat saying he could not afford to get more fat just because she was working in the office. That was barbaric enough to be funny to me and also I had never heard that before so I looked it up and there it is: A study that says obesity is contagious.
The study also says thin is contagious. People pay a lot less attention to that part though I guess it is not quite as diabolical or exciting to say as saying fat friends make you fat.
Also the study says distance is not a factor. Just association. So you do not have to be hitting the coffee shop or mall every day with someone for that someone’s physical status to effect you it could be someone on the opposite side of the planet you just talk to a lot and whammo impact is in effect. And the study lists a lot of percentiles and numbers that apparently took years and years to figure out and will take me more years and years to figure out if I actually want to understand them because they are pretty big and confusing numbers and I am from the humanities. But —
I can see the whole “thin” thing spreading in the circle of people I know. It started, I think, with Kitty. Kitty was working out. Also Stil was working out and I am not sure how Stil fits into the equation but I am pretty sure she does. So Kitty was working out. And Stil was working out. And somewhere in there I started working out. And Zee started using a rowing machine and went on a diet. And Michele joined weight watchers. And somehow, within a year and a half of Kitty working out, Kitty is working out, I am working out, Stil is [natch] still working out, Michele has lost all her pounds and is just on a maintenance diet, Zee has lost so much weight she is not even telling any more, and now I discover Pooks is doing some cross between Pilates and yoga two times a week. Which normally would appear to be pretty out of character for Pooks but in view of the ripple effect, sort of is not. And it is still spreading. Toni was asking Pilates questions. Arm Jerker is starting to talk about working out. Who knows where this madness will end?