Study finds obesity can spread through communities like a “social contagion” – New research on obesity in JAMA Pediatrics concludes: “There was no evidence to support self-selection or shared built environments as possible explanations, which suggests the presence of social contagion in obesity.”

?A new study suggests that if you move to a community with a high rate of obesity, it could increase your own risk of becoming obese. Accounting for other factors that could result in obesity, such as genetics or environment, the research claims that obesity could be considered a ?social contagion.?

About Robert Zinn

Robert Zinn, M.D., Ph.D. is a medical doctor, physician, and web entrepreneur, who, for over 15 years was employed by academic and research institutions and focused his clinical practices on very specialized patient populations, such as those with rare genetic diseases or rare cancers. He shares his knowledge through his website,

View all posts by Robert Zinn →