Students who use mobile phones for five hours or more a day may have an increased risk of obesity. A recent study found this information. Researchers warn that excessive use of mobile phones leads to other nasty habits, which may increase the risk of heart disease. Researchers from Colombia recently did this study.

Researchers at Simon Bolivar University conducted a study on 4 young girls and 4 teenage students aged between 4 and 20 in Colombia.

Top authors of the research article, Mirri Mantilla-Moran, said it was important for the general public to be aware and cautious because, despite the attractive features of mobile devices, it must be compatible with advanced habits and healthy behaviors.

Researchers say that using mobile phones for five hours or more a day increases the risk of obesity by 5 percent. It increases the tendency for students to eat sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, frequent snacks. Besides, their physical activity is greatly reduced. Researchers say that 26 percent of those who are overweight and obese – 9.5 percent of people who have had a smartphone for more than five hours.

Researchers say that over time, the use of mobile phones reduces physical activity among young people, leading to premature death, diabetes, heart disease and various types of cancer.

Experts advise to reduce the use of the phone to stay healthy and to engage in various activities to increase physical activity.

References: IANS.