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Overuse of phones, texting too helps weight-loss slightly, says study

Overuse of smartphones with heavy texting has its positive effects as well according to a new study.

The use of smartphone apps with daily text messages or videos may make users to constantly think about dieting and eating well, helping in turn to loose more weight, the study found.

The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in the US in a joint study found that mobile phones with more than one app and sending daily text messages or videos incite the user to ponder the ways of dieting and eating less in order to become health-conscious unknowlingly.

Tanika Kelly, associate professor of epidemiology, said:”In conjunction with reducing caloric intake and increasing physical activity, mobile messaging services could help to maintain and sustain weight loss over time. It reminds us to continue our good behaviours.”

Kelly and her student Fangchao Liu, an advanced PhD student from China, worked with a group to analyse 14 previous randomised controlled trials of mobile phone users with 1,337 participants.

Liu and Kelly in their abstract published in the journal Circulation about the meta-analysis, showed mobile phone interventions correlated with weight loss and reduction in body mass index (BMI).

Though the weight loss was modest at 1.44 kg on average in six to 12 month study on participants, Kelly said that individual weight loss has more significance in the long run. Obesity being a major concern in current populations, even modest levels of decline should help.

“Even modest levels of sustained weight loss can yield substantial reductions in weight-related morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs,” she said.

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