Studies show that prolonged periods of inactivity increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
As a society, we share a sedentary lifestyle that is more hazardous to our health than smoking. We sit in our cars on the morning commute, sit behind a desk for eight hours, sit in our cars for the return commute, then sit in front of a television to end the day. We then retire to bed where we lay down for eight hours.
Our newly developed rigor mortis lifestyle has even been labeled “sitting disease.”
The Internet Obesity Link
There is a correlation between Internet use, weight gain, and obesity. It is not yet known if Internet use contributes to weight gain or if overweight people use the Internet more often than average weight people. What has been discovered is that people who spend a lot of time on the Internet are more sedentary in behavior.
In a study published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research, researchers asked Australian adults questions about their sedentary behaviors and their level of physical activity. It was discovered that those who spent the most time on a computer were 1.5 times more likely to be overweight and 2.5 more likely to be obese than those who did not use a computer at all. Even those adult computer users who had high levels of physical activity were 1.86 times more likely to be overweight or obese than people who spent no time on computers.
Internet Use and Risk Factors for Young People
In a study of both male and female first year students at the University of Hong Kong, it was found that heavy Internet users were less likely to eat healthy, exercise, or have adequate hygiene. Although heavy Internet users were most likely to develop health issues, they were the group that was least likely to seek medical attention. Heavy internet users also had fewer friends and fewer romantic relationships.
Students in Qatar were asked about their Internet use. It was discovered that almost 2 percent of children who spent over three hours per day on the Internet were overweight.
Obesity was highest among children ages 15-18 years. There is special concern for older teens. Poor teen habits will likely continue and the possibility for chronic diseases and health problems will increase when they become adults.
In good health
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.