Fresh apples and bananas lay in a basket on the dining table, granola bars stacked neatly in the glass kitchen shelf, a bag of Doritos sits on the counter and a bar of chocolate sits next to the tea container – a harmless scene, right? Well, if you’re looking to lose weight, maybe not.
In a recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers found that keeping food visible throughout the house is actually linked to obesity. In the study, participants that were obese kept more food visible throughout the house, outside of the kitchen, than non-obese research participants.
Even though the amount of food in obese and non-obese participants’ homes was similar; the distribution patterns of food in the home environment were different.
Researchers believe that this study may reflect that obese participants have a greater preoccupation with food and that these results shed light on the behaviorial psychology behind being obese.
C F Emery, K L Olson, V S Lee, D L Habash, J L Nasar, A Bodine.Home environment and psychosocial predictors of obesity status among community-residing men and women. International Journal of Obesity, 2015