We are surrounded by tablets, computers, and smartphones and without even realizing we spend our days hooked to them. Well, for starters this is not the perfect practice, but as per a recent study, spending too much time on these devices can even lead to obesity.
The study has proved that flipping between the different digital devices could lead to increased cravings which then leads to weight gain.
“Increased exposure to phones, tablets and other portable devices has been one of the most significant changes to our environments in the past few decades, and this occurred during a period in which obesity rates also climbed in many places,” said lead author Richard Lopez, postdoctoral candidate from Rice University in the United States.
The research, which was published in the journal Brain Imaging and Behaviour, took into account as many as 132 participants who were aged between 18 and 23 years. The team then kept a tab on the proactive behaviours of compulsive or inappropriate phone use. They also monitored the passive behaviours like media-related distractions which tend to interfere with your work.
The results which followed were quite significant – the ones with high scores were the one who had a higher body mass index (BMI) as well as a greater body fat percentage. They then underwent an f MRI scan which allowed the researchers to measure their brain activity. During this test, the people were also shown images of fattening foods.
When media multitaskers saw these images, the part of the brain which dealt with food temptation became more active as per the researchers. This study was extremely crucial as researchers wanted to establish a link between the ever-growing obesity and the incessant use of multimedia tools.
Hence, the next time you toggle between the different options, be more receptive to the physical change your body undergoes.