Watching an Avatar May Cause Real-Life Weight Loss
An estimated two-thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese and many find it difficult to lose weight and keep it off. They’ve tried fad diets, exercise programs, diet pills and other methods but the battle continues. Now, a new study suggests that watching an avatar model weight-loss behavior in a virtual community might help some women shed pounds in the real world.
“This pilot study showed that you don’t have to be a gamer to use virtual reality to learn some important skills for weight loss,” says Melissa Napolitano, an associate professor of prevention and community health at the George Washington Univ. School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). “This small study suggests that virtual reality could be a promising new tool for building healthier habits.”
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