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Could friendship be making Americans fat?

That was the question Harvard researchers tried to answer in 2007 as they reviewed the data trails of some 12,000 people. Their conclusion: Having an obese friend increases the risk of a person being obese by 57 percent.

Ten years later, Daniel Abrams, engineering sciences and applied mathematics, is exploring how American obesity might have changed in a cohort 100 times larger. The million-person data pool is thought to be the most expansive look yet at the affect a person’s social world has on their weight. The research project is one made possible by an exceptional Core Facility — Northwestern Medicine’s renowned Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW)...

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