It’s said that he who attends a lame person learns how to hobble along. In other words, sharing experience with another or others may influence one’s own perceptions and behaviour: for example, if one spends most of his time with softheaded folks, after a few years he’ll have a good chance of becoming a cuckoo himself.

That’s probably what happened to Nicholas Christakis, psychiatrist, who, in the July 26, 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, said that obesity is "socially contagious." This amazing discovery was made with the help of James Fowler, professor of political science.

In his latest column Doctor Gagliano points out just how dismal hobbled thinking can be. Click below for the full article.



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