These are the findings of a weight tracking study
As smartphones become an inherent part of our lives, they also occupy an increasing place as a source of entertainment, especially among young people. This leads to a decrease in physical activity. In a recent study presented at the U.S. Cardiology Association (ACC), a team of experts led by Mirary Mantilla-Morrón, analyzed 1,060 students between June and December 2018. The study group consisted of 700 women and 360 men, with an average age of 19 years and 20 years respectively. According to the results, those who used the mobile more than five hours a day significantly increased their chances of gaining weight. Men were 36.1% more likely to be overweight and 42.6% more likely to be obese. Women were 63.9% more likely to be overweight and 57.4% more likely to be obese if a smartphone was used five or more hours a day. This was linked to both physical inactivity and the chance of drinking more sugary drinks, fast food, sweets and snacks.
“It is important for the general population to know and keep in mind that while mobile technology is certainly attractive for its multiple purposes, portability, convenience, access to countless services, information and entertainment sources, it must also used to improve healthy habits and behaviors – concludes Mantilla-Morrón –. Spending too much time with the phone facilitates sedentary behaviors, reduces physical activity time, increasing the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease, different types of cancer, osteoarticular discomfort and symptoms Musculoskeletal. The results of this study allow us to highlight one of the main causes of physical obesity, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We have also determined that the amount of time a person is exposed to the use of technologies, specifically prolonged use of mobile phones, is associated with the development of obesity.”