We’ve all heard of the dangers of relying too much on your smartphone to pass the time and get through boredom, and just your day in general.
There’s the one that says it can damage our eyes permanently, one that can turn our real-life relationships into nothing more than a friend request, and even one that helps us lose precious sleep. But did you know that smartphone of yours is also a large variable that’s making you obese?
That’s correct. This is according to a recent research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Latin American Conference just this week. Titled “The Technological Slavery Of Future,” the project examined around 1,060 students from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Colombia, all with the ages 19 to 20 years old. 700 of these were women while the remaining 360 were all men.
“The amount of time in which a person is exposed to the use of technologies, specifically prolonged cell phone use, is associated with the development of obesity,” says lead study author Mirary Mantilla-Morrón.
The results showed that the participants who spent around five or more hours on their smartphones are twice likely to “drink more sugary drinks, fast food, sweets and snacks.” This directly translates to a 43 percent increase in obesity risk. Per the poster’s abstract, this also means more indulgence in unhealthy snacks, as well as a decrease in physical activity.
“Spending too much time in front of the smartphone facilitates sedentary behaviours, reduces the time of physical activity, which increases the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease, different types of cancer, osteoarticular discomfort and musculoskeletal symptoms,” the report continued.
To help avoid this, the researchers suggest to take breaks every now and then, as well as to do some mild exercise to keep the heart going even on days when we’re more likely to spend the whole day indoors.
Back in February, a study also linked smartphones to weight gain, stating that those who use theirs while eating are more likely to consume more calories, therefore translating to a few extra pounds.
Source: Medical Daily