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Smartphone abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic increases teen obesity


Abuse of digital devices such as computers and smartphones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, increases overweight and obesity in young people.
In a recent study, Korean University scientists have shown that time spent using digital devices and content used affects obesity in adolescents.

The results showed that teenagers who used smartphones more than 2 hours a day tended to eat unhealthy compared to those who spent less time using their phones. In addition, the number of teenagers who spend more than 3 hours a day using smartphones are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese. Smartphone use may cause obesity in adolescents. Teens who use their phones to search and retrieve overall information have healthier eating behaviors than those who use phones for chatting/texting, gaming, video/music, and social networking. festival. Causes can come from exposure to unhealthy food marketing online, a tendency to mindless eating while using a smartphone, not getting enough sleep, or a change in the time spent on physical activity. … Therefore, there is a need for strict regulation of the marketing of food aimed at teenagers in digital media, and measures to prevent youth from being exposed to marketing activities. or false messages about food. In addition, smartphone features can be leveraged to improve public health through nutrition tracking apps or digital platforms to provide complete and timely information. about healthy eating. Phung Dan ( ASN June 2021 )