Friends Don’t Let Friends Diet

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge, and a new study has turned up an unexpected obstacle. “Friends and family can get in the way of successful dieting. They can be another barrier, especially if they feel threatened or jealous,” said Lynsey Romo, an assistant professor of communication at North Carolina State University. Romo is the lead author of a new paper that examined how the people around you may consciously or subconsciously sabotage your healthy eating efforts.