Study suggests obese people see distances differently

Study Suggests Obese People See Distances Differently

Weight loss is a daunting venture, and according to a recent study, obese individuals may be up against an extra hurdle.

Jessica Witt, a psychologist at the Colorado State University, found that those who are carrying a significant number of additional pounds may perceive distances as being greater than they actually are.

That can prove detrimental in tackling the already ominous task of dropping excess weight, as it can discourage engaging in activity.

Witt said of the situation, "If you find yourself out hiking with a heavy backpack, hills are going to look steeper, distances are going to look farther, gaps across a river are going to look longer."

She also noted that it is not uncommon for people to view the world in terms of their own abilities.

The study involved participants of varying weights being asked to assess the distance between where they were standing and a cone placed in the distance.

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