BURNABY, British Columbia (CBS Seattle) – A new study has found that owning technology such as computers and cars contributes significantly to a person’s obesity risk.
Researchers at Simon Fraser University, led by professor Scott Lear, ultimately determined that people who possess technological gadgets are 400 percent more likely to be obese and 250 percent more likely to develop diabetes.
Additionally, ownership of such technology resulted in a 31 percent decline in exercise and a 21 percent increase in the amount of time sitting still among those observed for the study, according to Red Orbit.
Researchers examined data from over 150,000 adults in 17 countries at different levels of development for the study. The problem was said to be especially significant in countries of a lower income level.
“Although we found no trend between household devices ownership and obesity or diabetes in high income countries, there was a stronger relation as the level of country income decreased,” Dr. Lear was quoted as saying. “With increasing uptake of modern-day conveniences – TVs, cars, computers – low and middle income countries could see the same obesity and diabetes rates as in high income countries that are the result of too much sitting, less physical activity and increased consumption of calories.”
He added, “This can lead to potentially devastating societal health care consequences in these countries.”
Their findings led those involved in the study to express concern for the future health of residents of all countries, but especially those in developing nations.
“With increasing ownership of household devices in developing countries, societal interventions are needed to mitigate their effects on poor health,” the study indicated, according to Red Orbit.
The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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