Tuesday 22 August 2017

Don't blame yourself for failing to lose that weight - because it's all your friends' fault

'For women in particular, food is linked to emotions. Women eat when they are happy, sad, stressed, worried . . . not just when they are hungry. Women bond over food'. Stock photo: Getty
'For women in particular, food is linked to emotions. Women eat when they are happy, sad, stressed, worried . . . not just when they are hungry. Women bond over food'. Stock photo: Getty
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Losing weight can often feel like an uphill struggle as you battle with calories, portion sizes and a rumbling stomach - but research is now showing that your friends can also be a big part of the problem.

For women in particular, food is linked to emotions. Women eat when they are happy, sad, stressed, worried . . . not just when they are hungry. Women bond over food. Dinners out are when the world is put to rights. Late-night conversations around chocolate cake are when women open up to friends and share their woes to sympathetic ears.

So when everyone else at the table orders dessert, it's hard to be the only one who says no. You want to fit in and not stick out as the 'boring one' or the 'control freak'.

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