At the beach, they pick a spot farthest away from the friend who refuses to take off her sarong.
Confidence can be contagious—and so can low self-esteem. Women are strongly influenced by their friends' body issues
, found a 2012 Canadian study published in the journal Sex Roles
, and if our friends feel pressure to be thin, we do, too—regardless of the shape either of us are in. If your good friend starts obsessing over calories, maybe steer her toward the topic of exercise, because the study found that conversations focused on working out led to less
body dissatisfaction for everyone involved.