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Struggling to lose weight? It’s not your fault – blame your friends | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

I’m an impressionable eater – like many others. New research throws light on why we might opt for the unhealthy choice
‘A study has found that people are far more likely to make unhealthy eating choices if they are with a friend who chooses a fatty option on the menu.’ Photograph: Alamy

As we approach Christmas party time, I make my usual annual psychological commitment: time to get healthy, I tell myself, so that December’s excess doesn’t have too much of an impact on my waistline. I vouch to get off the sauce, get on the exercise bike a bit more, stop eating so much cheese. Somehow, I decide, this will result in a new, fit, lithe me.

But there is a problem. The problem is that I made

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