- Smartphone can contribute to increased risk of obesity
- It doubles the consumption of unhealthy foods
- You can play your favourite sport to keep smartphone away
Dependence on smartphones has increased so much that it seems difficult to spend a day without smartphones. Not just adults, students today are equally addicted to smartphones. From gaming to watching their favourite TV show students can spend hours on mobile phones. Young adults as well as parents are not aware of the adverse effects of using smartphones for too long. When students are indulged in smartphones they are less likely to get indulged in physical activities. Researchers have found that students who use their smartphones five or more hours a day are prone to a higher risk of obesity and are likely to have other lifestyle habits that increase the risk of heart disease.
For the study, 1,060 students (700 girls and 360 boys) were analysed 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 study lead author Mirary Mantilla-Morron from the Simon Bolivar University in Colombia.