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Kids With TECHNOLOGY in the Bedroom More Likely To Be Obese?!

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Even scientific study published ultimately falls somewhere on the spectrum between "holy sh*t that's awesome" and "duh". Discovering Earth-like planets beyond our solar system? Holy sh*t that's awesome. Bringing molecules into existence that didn't exist previously by smashing other molecules together with the Large Hadron Collider? Holy sh*t that's awesome. Getting a man to walk on the damn MOON? Holy sh*t that's awesome. Linking inactivity and a lack of sleep with childhood obesity? Well. Duh. But sometimes scientists have to definitively prove something we pretty much already knew.


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"It appears grape juice remains grape juice at both room temperature
AND slightly colder than room temperature."

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And that was the case recently when a new study coming out of Alberta, Canada demonstrated a link between inactivity in kids and obesity. But the surprising part of the study was the finding that children with electronic devices in their rooms, like TVs, tablets, and cell phones, are 30 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.


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Maybe it's that's not THAT surprising.
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And since kids with devices are less likely to get out and play, it follows that having MORE devices would make you even LESS likely to get outside. The study shows that kids with one device, say a cell phone, are 1.47 times more likely to be obese, while students with three devices were 2.57 times more likely to be obese.


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Those phones are going right to her thighs.
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Now, if you're a kid with a bunch of gadgets in your room, it might seem like you have a choice to make — either pitch that stuff in the garbage and get some exercise or eat yourself to death. But that isn't nbecessarily true. Exercise is important, yes, but video games are important too. Hey, you can always play Wii Sports.


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You are going to live forever.
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How many devices do you have in your room? And therefore how obese are you? Let me know on twitter @mikeyfromsu or in the comments below!

 


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