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Perceiving oneself as less physically active than one’s peers is linked to a shorter lifespan, Stanford researchers say

Alia Crum (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Jul 20 2017

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Faculty, In the News

Stanford researchers found that U.S. adults who believed that they were less active than their peers died younger than those who believed they were more active – even if their actual activity levels were similar.

Would you say that you are physically more active, less active, or about equally active as other people your age?

Your answer might be linked to your risk of premature death decades from now – no matter how physically active you actually are, according to research by Stanford scholars Octavia Zahrt and Alia Crum.

The research, appearing July 20 in Health Psychology, finds that people who think they are less active than others in a similar age bracket die younger than those who believe they are more active – even if their actual activity levels are similar.