It takes not only the whole village to raise a child, but also obviously to lose weight successfully.
A European study highlights the importance of social support in weight loss.
Weight loss: Discipline alone is not enough
To combat type 2 diabetes, researchers are constantly looking for ways to help people lose weight permanently. With healthy eating, discipline and enough exercise, now another important factor is playing out: social support.
Because it's clear: Who has friends and relatives around who take weight and support seriously, making it easier to lose weight.
1973 figures provide data
In their study, researchers led by study leader Sylvia Hansen in 1973 focused on overweight or obese adults with diabetes, and asked them, among other things, how their social environment responded to their desire to lose weight. To do this, respondents had to indicate how much they felt supported by their loved ones.
It was not only about verbal support in the form of setbacks, but also about, for example, the behaviors that friends and family today embellished.
Among other things, the question was whether the social environment was in the presence of a person who consumed unhealthy food in the fall or even praised unhealthy food.
What other factors still play a role in losing weight?
Of course, it's not enough if the social environment is playing together. Doing weight loss is always a combination of all kinds of factors. In their study, scientists named what they consider to be the most important and made it clear that not only eating behavior plays an important role.
It also depends on demographic factors such as age, income and education, as well as on socio-cognitive factors (self-intent, self-efficacy, personal attitudes to weight loss success and motivation).