Sabina Gesell, a research assistant professor in pediatrics at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and her fellow researchers published their reports in the journal Pediatric, on the positive impact of peer pressure on children.
The scientists studied a network of friends falling in the age group of 5 to 12 and the study was conducted on these children in an after-school program.
One of the primary reasons for conducting this study was to record muscle movements of kids on a pedometer-like device, and through this process the researchers kept track of the physical activity of kids over a period of 12 weeks.
colleagues made sure that the kids who were put under observation did not know each other well for the sole reason that it would help the researchers track the social habits of kids by following a credible system.
"We see evidence that the children are mirroring, emulating or adjusting to be similar to their friends," says Gesell
Since the entire research was conducted on the topic of obesity and physical activity among children, Gesell
had this to say about the positive influence of a peer group on a child, "This is a novel approach to obesity prevention ... None of the approaches to combating obesity are really working now, and we need a new approach.