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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 11
  May 30, 2008
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Health Phenomena Can Spread via Social Networks
  Dr. Nicholas Christakis
  Dr. Nicholas Christakis

With a little help from our family and friends, we get by—and get chubby. Not only can loved ones influence our weight, they affect other health behaviors, as well as levels of happiness. That’s according to Dr. Nicholas Christakis, professor in the departments of health care policy, sociology and medicine at Harvard University. He recently visited NIH to share his findings in “Eat, Drink and Be Merry: The Spread of Health Phenomena in Social Networks.” The talk was part of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research lecture series.

“Health, health care and health behaviors are not just individual but collective phenomena,” Christakis told the crowd in the Neuroscience Center at Executive Plaza.

NHGRI’s Hargro Determined to Trim Himself by One-Third
  Darris Hargro in his “before” photo
  Darris Hargro in his “before” photo

It takes a big man to want to become a smaller man. And it takes a lot of guts to decide you are going to get rid of your gut.

NHGRI contractor Darris Hargro, a property inventory assistant in Bldg. 12A, is learning that lesson daily, with the help of a personal fitness trainer at the R&W NIH Fitness Center in Bldg. 31.

In March, Hargro, 24, tipped the scales at 338; he didn’t like that number and he didn’t like the way he felt.

It’s not that he wasn’t working at being fit—he was lifting weights daily on top of 45-minute cardiovascular workouts.