Is there a connection between obesity and the active use of smartphones? American scientists decided to conduct an experiment to answer this question.
The study involved 132 young people aged 18 to 23 years. First, they were asked to fill out a MMT-R questionnaire, with which scientists were able to determine how much time participants spend on gadgets, what factors prevent them from doing everyday tasks, and so on. As a result, it turned out that those who spend more time using phones and other electronic devices have a higher body mass index (BMI).
At the second stage of the study, scientists performed a functional MRI of the brain (72 volunteers with increased BMI participated in this part of the experiment).
During the scan, participants were shown various photographs of delicious, but very fatty and high-calorie foods. Researchers noted that the brain of those young people who were more passionate about their smartphones reacted most actively to food pictures.
Yes, the data obtained are still very small to suggest the existence of a causal relationship between the use of various gadgets and obesity, but nevertheless this study is a good reminder the importance and benefits of informed nutrition.