Apparently socialising stops you becoming a porker. So much so that one professor at Ohio State University was "amazed at the degree of fat loss that occurs."
However, socialising online doesn't count even if you're not a mouse:
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Despite being carried out on mice, the findings offer insight into the link between loneliness and ill health in humans, potentially associating the rising obesity epidemic with the rise of online media and social networking in place of more dynamic, face-to-face interaction. [Socialising enhances fat conve!!rsion and loss in mice, BBC]
I wonder if the effects of socialising at a fast food restaurant or having your seventh helping of lard cake have been factored in to their results? Still, it's nice to know that Scientists are finally catching up with the wisdom South Park.