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Live Science: Do Thinner Friends Help You Lose Weight?
[8/17/2016]
Aug. 16, 2016
People trying to shed pounds, but who regularly spend time with heavier people, may feel more comfortable with those individuals, but they are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to a study published in the journal Obesity. Lead author is Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research to national media. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Chubby Chums vs. Petite Pals: Heavy People More at Ease Socializing with Stocky Folks, but It Can Hinder Weight Loss, Study Finds
[8/16/2016]
WACO, Texas (Aug. 16, 2016) — People trying to shed pounds — but who hang out with heavier pals regularly — are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.
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KFBK-AM (Sacramento, CA): Happiness gap among parents
[7/28/2016]
AUDIO: For this radio news story, Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was interviewed on research that examined data on parental happiness from the United States and 22 other industrialized countries and found that not only are U.S. parents generally not as happy as non-parents, but the country also has the largest happiness gap between the two groups.
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The Commerce Journal: U.S. parents suffer a happiness penalty
[7/19/2016]
June 29, 2016
The United States has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a report co-authored by a Baylor researcher, mainly because of a relative lack of workplace-friendly policies, such as paid sick time, paid vacation, flexible work hours and paid parental leave. “In the U.S., we’re not treating our parents very well,” said Matthew Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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