Five hours of phone usage can lead to obesity – Study reveals


Your phone is making you fat!

At a time when lifestyles have become rather erratic, spending too much time on your smartphones should be avoided as much as possible. As per a study, students who use their smartphones for five hours or more are more vulnerable to obesity and this also increases the risk of heart disease.

As per the study, researchers observed 1,060 students (700 girls and 360 boys) of Colombia with an average age of 19 years and 20 years, respectively.

“It is important for the general population to know and be aware that, despite being undoubtedly attractive for its multiple purposes, portability, comfort, access to countless services, information and entertainment sources, mobile technology should also be used to improve habits and healthy behaviours,” said lead author Mirary Mantilla-Morron from the Simon Bolivar University in Colombia.

The aforementioned study revealed that the risk of obesity in young students shot up to more than 43 percent if a smartphone was used for five hours or more during a day. Since the students spend so much time on their phones, they end up consuming more sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, and snacks. Also, their bodies are stagnant and physical activity decreases a lot.

As per Rajesh Kapoor from Jaypee Hospital, Noida, using smartphones is not an issue, but uncontrolled usage increases the risk of obesity which in turn has a detrimental effect on health.

“The best way out is to encourage yourself to reduce the duration of time being spent on phones and other gadgets and, at the same time, to indulge in physical activities like yoga or any other sports or exercise pattern, and by not becoming a couch potato,” Kapoor told news agency IANS.

So, are you using your phone for long hours? Don’t forget that health is wealth.

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