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Tuesday, 20 July 2010 10:47

Computers make you fat

Written by Nick Farell


Boffins warn
Boffins are warning that sitting in front of your computer can make you crave sweets and chocolate. (Sitting anywhere can make me crave them. sub.ed.)

It was thought that computer users turned into blimps which can eclipse the sun because they don't need to move much. But apparently the mental stress of computer work triggers changes in blood sugar and hormone levels that trick the brain into thinking it has worked off lots of calories that need replaced.

Researcher Jean-Philippe Chaput told the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm that computer games and TV watching have the same effect. Apparently office workers who want to keep trim should take regular screen breaks type while standing up. Dr Chaput, of the University of Copenhagen, started to research the subject after noticing how his supervisor snacked on chocolate biscuits.

He worked out that those who go flat out on their computers ate an extra 230 calories when given access to a buffet afterwards. It looks like computer work made blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly and hunger hormones to rise.  As a result, the students gorged on food they didn't need.

Nick Farell

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+10 #1 yourma2000 2010-07-20 13:06
it took them over 15 years to figure this out?
 
 
+7 #2 nele 2010-07-20 15:25
Quoting yourma2000:
it took them over 15 years to figure this out?


Appears so. I guess they were thorough. :-)
 
 
0 #3 valhar2000 2010-07-20 15:55
There is no substitute for counting calories (and all that entails, of course).
 
 
0 #4 ghelyar 2010-07-20 16:42
Quoting valhar2000:
There is no substitute for counting calories (and all that entails, of course).

As my doctor brother says "Diet and exercise, fatty!" (I may be paraphrasing)

Seriously though, I'm at a computer all day every day and I'm very underweight. I have a hard time putting weight on no matter how much I eat. If I were a girl I would be one of those ones that can eat anything and never get fat, but its not quite so attractive on a guy.

Blaming it on computers or TV just isn't right.
 
 
0 #5 nele 2010-07-20 19:03
Quoting ghelyar:
Quoting valhar2000:
There is no substitute for counting calories (and all that entails, of course).

As my doctor brother says "Diet and exercise, fatty!" (I may be paraphrasing)

Seriously though, I'm at a computer all day every day and I'm very underweight. I have a hard time putting weight on no matter how much I eat. If I were a girl I would be one of those ones that can eat anything and never get fat, but its not quite so attractive on a guy.

Blaming it on computers or TV just isn't right.


Well, maybe it's the other way around for you.

You should try a healthy, low-fat low-carb diet and a strenuous daily exercise routine, then you'll get fat...
 
 
+3 #6 blandead 2010-07-20 20:51
this whole thing is retarded. people who sit in front of tv all day get fatter. why? because they get 10,000 commercials about food per year and trust me it makes them buy it. do you get food advertisements on computers? no just some lazy game addicts who don't exercise, but thats got nothing to do with computers making you fat. get up and exercise.
 
 
-1 #7 Firephoenix 2010-07-21 03:29
Quoting blandead:
no just some lazy game addicts who don't exercise, but thats got nothing to do with computers making you fat. get up and exercise.


well, that's not accurate in some cases. I'm not a game addict now, i used to be. When i was a game addict i was NEVER fat, actually, i did the same excercise I now and i was never fat. Since i started Computer Science Carreer (or Engineering as it is called here) i got around 10 or 11 kg (that like 22 pounds) and that was 2 years ago. Maybe (and this is a big maybe) they are right in this. I mean, Never fat and game addict, now fat and doing heavy work...
Dunno, just wanted to point this out
 
 
0 #8 blandead 2010-07-23 11:04
dude..please read up on wellness and lifestyle. anything you just said is completely nonfactual and inaccurate. if you sit on a computer all day its called a sedentary lifestyle. then you drink a lot of sugar.. your energy goes up and down its all over the place. one soda has more than 230 calories. its got nothing to do with computers. people are used to fat and high calorie foods. if your not actively exercising you will always overindulge in fatty foods given the chance. and all that soda is just as bad. your body has to adjust to whatever diet you are on and most sedentary people, skinny or not, have a high fat diet that explains all the symptoms. doing heavy work doesnt lose weight it builds muscle.. aerobic work over 20 min WITH weight lifting several times a week = ull lose weight
 

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