The Higher School of Economics found a link between obesity

The Higher School of Economics found a link between obesity and eSports success

Researchers from the National Research University Higher School of Economics conducted an unusual study to assess the correlation between an esports player’s level of obesity and their success in gaming. It turns out that overweight players are more resilient over “long distances.”

    Image source: Resul Kaya/

Image source: Resul Kaya/

As reported”businessman“, 821 cyber athletes took part in the study from 2012 to 2020. It turns out that people with an average body mass index are inferior to overweight gamers “in esports disciplines for endurance”. The results of the corresponding studies are published in the International Journal of Obesity.

The indicators of the participants playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive were taken into account. In particular, the body mass index (BMI) was evaluated using photos using AI systems. It turned out that although gamers with grade 3 obesity were inferior to their easier opponents in short rounds of play, the longer the game lasted, the more effective they were compared to their competitors.

One of the negative factors affecting performance, according to scientists, could be discrimination against participants in real-world tournaments. According to the results of the study, obese esports players performed worse in events that required physical presence than in online games.


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