Multiple metabolic and genetic factors contribute to obesity, but the home is a logical place to consider in efforts to improve health, the researchers noted."Effects of the home environment and psychosocial factors haven't been examined together in previous studies," said Charles Emery, professor of psychology at the Ohio State University and lead author of the study.

The study focused primarily on determining whether the home environment architectural features and food storage and availability was associated with obesity, but also measured a number of psychological factors.

While architectural features had no relationship to obesity status, several food-related findings did.People in the study who were obese kept more food visible throughout the house and generally ate less-healthy foods, such as sweets, than non-obese research participants.

Latest News from Lifestyle News Desk