Healthy lifestyle inspires women to follow suit

Women who spend time around peers who have a healthy lifestyle are more likely to eat well and exercise, a study has pointed out.

A survey of 3,610 women by Deakin University researchers found that they were most likely to follow the eating and physical activity behaviours of those around them.

`Our study considered the impact of social norms on physical activity and eating behaviours, including consumption of fast food, soft drink and fruit and vegetables,` said researcher Kylie Ball from Deakin, reports the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

`We found that women who spent time around healthy peers were more likely to also eat well and exercise,` Ball said, according to a Deakin release.

Ball said there are a number of reasons why the healthy habits of people around them seemed to rub off on the participants in the study.

The importance of social norms in influencing a healthy lifestyle highlighted by the study opens up opportunities for developing intervention strategies aimed at modifying social norms, Ball said.

Text courtesy: IANS

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