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  • Five Hours of Smartphone Use Per Day Increases Obesity Risk (Study)

    Study showed that five hours of smartphone use each day can increase the risk of obesity in young adults. Know the connection and how to prevent it.

    July 29, 2019 | Related: ,


    3 People using their smartphone. What they don't realize is that increased phone use can also increase risk of obesity.

    Obesity affects children, adolescents, and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 35% of adults in the US are obese. And if we consider the latest study about obesity risk, the percentage could increase even more. 

    In a study, researchers found that obesity risks increased by 43% when the participating students used their phone more than five hours a day. They were also likely to eat fast food, snacks and drink sugary beverages. Furthermore, they have reduced physical activities. 

    The main problem with smartphone usage is that it promotes sedentary behavior. That is, it causes you to have less time in performing physical activities. With that in mind, it increases the risk of premature death, heart disease, and various types of cancer. 

    Indeed, the smartphone has become a part of our lives or a necessity. Most of us can’t leave the house without it. Unfortunately, it comes with a lot of risks to our healthy life. 

    The study involved 1060 students of the Health Sciences Faculty at the Simon Bolivar University. The group consisted of 360 men and 700 women.

    As per the lead author of the study, Mantilla-Morron stated

    “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 in which a person is exposed to the use of technologies – specifically prolonged cell phone use – is associated with the development of obesity.” 


    If you are addicted to your smartphone, there are ways to wean yourself off your phone. 

    Ways to Stop Smartphone Addiction and Prevent Obesity 

    Disable Push Notifications 

    There is no need for you to know each time you get a like from your latest photo on Instagram. If you wish to limit your smartphone use and reduce the risk of obesity, make sure to disable push notifications for the apps on your phone. 

    You may leave notifications on for Messages or Calendars.

    Use Do Not Disturb Mode Often 

    When you meditate, work, or eat, turn the Airplane mode or enable the Do Not Disturb mode. If there are incoming calls, you can return to them when you reconnect.

    Avoid Sleeping Near Your Phone 

    Do not put your smartphone near you when you go to bed. Instead, put it somewhere far from your bed. Doing so will stop you from looking at it before you sleep or after waking up. 

    Set a Time Limit 

    You may set 15 minutes per day to check your Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. When you set a schedule, make sure to follow it. 

    Turn the Power Off

    There’s no way for you to break your phone. It’s just too expensive. Instead of throwing it on the ground or trash it, turn it off when you are on vacation or during a long commute.

    Change Screen to Grayscale 

    Enabling grayscale mode on your phone may also help. It makes your phone less appealing. Thus, you are not likely to look at it every 15 minutes. 

    To change your iPhone to grayscale, simply go to Settings, tap General, choose Accessibility, Display Accommodations, and tap Color Filters. Switch to Color Filters and choose Grayscale. 

    Since smartphone usage promotes a sedentary lifestyle, make sure to follow our tips above on how to stop your smartphone addiction. Obesity is a serious health and wellness problem. It can increase many health issues, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and other life-threatening conditions. 

    At Vim Chi, we value your health and wellness. Taking enough vitamins and minerals can help fight against obesity and other health diseases. Visit our online shop today to browse our health and wellness products.

    About the author

    Janey Danes Janey Danes started her career as a part-time article writer, editor and proofreader in 2008. She specializes in topics related to health, travel, technology, family, and spiritual life. Danes is a licensed medical technologist and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. She is also a contributor to Travel Philippines | Entertainment and Medical Technology Avenue. You can also find her on Google+.

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