Internet & Weight Gain: Teen Girls on the Web Gain Weight, Study Finds
Posted Oct 02 2008 3:12pm
Note from Connie: Watch out how much time you or your teenagers are on the Internet! That's because an intriguing newstudy in theJuly issue of The Journal of Pediatricsfound that spending too much timeon the internet can cause teenage girls to gain weight. Not only that, but lack of sleep and drinking alcohol led to extra pounds, too, the research found. Uh-oh, better get off my butt now! Gerry Pugliese brings you details.
Researchers link the lack of physical activity associated with surfing the internet as the major explanation for weight gain. They offer HealthDay News this explanation:
The first thing I thought of when I read about this new research about how teens spending time on the Web can gain weight was a telling episode from "South Park World of Warcraft" (hence the picture to your left).
This compelling new study found, upon studying 5,000 teenage girls across the U.S., that those who spent more than 16 hours a week on the Internet were nearly twice as likely to gain weight, even after the researchers considered other factors like sleeping, coffee drinking and alcohol use.