A new study from USC and The Rand Corporation indicates that obesity may be “contagious.” Studying families spread across U.S. counties with higher and lower rates of obesity (ranging from 21%-38%), each 1 percentage point increase in obesity in that county was associated with a 4-5% higher rate of obesity in parents and children. Neighbors seem to impact one’s weight.

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AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI