Work in teams, weight loss can be contagious

Believe it or not, weight loss is 'contagious' . This is the conclusion of a new study which included an Indian-origin researcher.

Rajiv Kumar and colleagues from the Miriam Hospital and Alpert Medical School have found that teammates in a team-based weight loss competition significantly influenced each other's weight loss, the Obesity' journal reported.

In fact, the researchers found that the team members not only achieved similar weight loss outcomes, but participants who said their teammates played a large role in weight loss actually lost the most weight.

"We know that obesity can be socially contagious, but now we know that social networks play a significant role particularly team-based weight loss competitions," said team leader Tricia Leahey.

"Our study suggests that teammates influenced each other, perhaps by providing accountability, setting expectations of weight loss, and providing encouragement and support," she said.

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