"You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with" -E. James Rohn
You may not have considered it in the same terms, but it’s hardly surprising that you are influenced by the people around you. Now, data from The Eatery is confirming that this applies to your eating habits as well.
The Eatery is a self-described “Massive Health Experiment”, where users can download an app which allows them to take pictures of their food and submit it to a personal timeline. The Eatery then provides personalized breakdowns of the individual’s eating habits—things that went well, areas to improve, and how your eating compares to similar people. (Actually a very cool idea—I’ll be trying it out. ~Ken)
Using data from hundreds of thousands of users, they determined that what you eat is influenced by those around you to a remarkable extent. Individuals with an obese spouse are 37% more likely to be obese. Obese sibling? 40% more likely that you are also obese. But that’s not the most powerful influence—it’s your friends. If your friends are obese, you’re 57% more likely to be obese.
There’s a nice infographic breakdown here (you know I love infographics), but the take home message is truly to ‘choose your friends wisely’. Notice how they compare healthy eating to an infectious agent—if you can nudge it into a population, it starts to spread and grow. Before you know it, you could have an outbreak. Any other CF old-timers remember when Paleo was the ‘New Thing’. Think there’s a CF gym on earth now that doesn’t have Paleo adherents?
I really like the idea of eating habits being contagious, and I think this ties in really well with what we’re trying to accomplish here at CFSW. If your friends are exercising and eating well, you’re more likely to do the same. Surround yourself with the people that you want to be. You can’t choose your family, but you aren’t doomed to follow them down a path of illness and disease. Choose to spend time with positive, healthy people, and you will become more positive and healthy.
Better still, you can become the positive and healthy influence on your loved ones. Lead by example, make the extra effort, and you’ll be rewarded with an outbreak of healthy eating.
As some of you know, the last few months have been a little bit crazy around the Urakawa household, and that has definitely bled over into CFSW business. While I am getting pretty good at not sleeping, I’m thinking that it’s going to be a better long-term strategy to organize my time a little better, and take advantage of the resources available to me.
One of the things I’d like to focus on again is the blog/website. I have some ideas for new posts/articles, but I’d also like to have new material posted more regularly than I care to churn it out. So, if anyone is interested in writing articles, posting current events/updates, etc., or if you have ideas of your own about what you’d like to see on the blog, please contact me. As they say, the pay may be low, but at least the working conditions aren’t good.
We were also thinking about making a few changes/additions to the schedule over the next few months. There have been suggestions about adding in a mobility class, as well as bringing back a strength class. Any other suggestions? Now’s your chance, call, email, or comment below. We’ll probably roll out any changes or additions later on in the summer.
We need to have another CFSW get together. We could grill at the gym one last time before it gets stupidly hot(ter) outside—Paleo-ish potluck, grilled meat, feats of strength? Or we could meet out at a real establishment for happy hour (4 Peaks is always a good call). Any suggestions? Let me know, we’ll get it set up. (Unless someone wants to open up their house and/or pool to the CFSW crew.) I’d have you guys out to our house again, but I’m not sure anyone wants to drive out to North Tucson.
I think I need to hire a ghost writer, so something gets put up on this blog more regularly! (Anyone willing to write in exchange for a hearty handshake and a slap on the back, let me know.) On that note, people do frequently send me things—articles, videos, blogs—that they think might be of interest. Sometimes I even remember to post them.
So, in no particular order, here are some cool links that I’ve been meaning to put out as stand-alone posts, but haven’t gotten around to yet.
Is sugar toxic? (from 60 Minutes, no less!) Gosh, it’s almost like people aren’t meant to eat crap… (via John M.)
On that note, do you know how much sugar is in the ‘food’ you eat? Here’s a handy video from consumer reports that gives some tips for finding . (via Nick M.)
This is a great article from Dave Tate at EliteFTS. This is something that get’s remarked upon frequently here at the gym—the people with whom you spend time are going to influence you, for good or ill. Choose to surround yourself with positive, motivated people, and you will reap the rewards in your own attitude.
Thank you to everyone in the CFSW for providing me with positive influences.
I like Robb. We share the same birthday, interacted frequently back in the early days of cf, and have a similar sense of humor. I have my opinions about where he’s going with things, but overall he fights the good fight and has changed a lot of people’s lives. I really like this post.