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Five Hours or More of Smartphone Usage Found to Increase Risk of Obesity


The average person spends over four hours per day on their
smartphone. A new study suggests that people who spend five or more hours per
day on their smartphone have a 43% increased risk of obesity.





Researchers looked at smartphone usage for 1,060 college students
between the ages of 19 and 20. They also measured the students weight and found
that male participants were 36.1% likely to be overweight and 42.6% likely to
be obese, and female participants were 63.9% likely to be overweight and 57.4%
likely to be obese.





When the researchers looked at the correlation between smartphone
usage and weight, they found that the risk of obesity increased by 43% when smartphone
usage was five hours or more per day. They also found that participants who
used their smartphones five hours or more per day were twice as likely to drink
more sugary drinks, consume fast food, sweets, and snacks, and have decreased
physical activity.





The study was conducted by researchers from Simón Bolívar
University, Colombia. It was presented at the ACC Latin America Conference 2019
held the week of July 25, 2019.


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