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If surfing the web and late-night cosmopolitans are a part of your usual repertoire, then you may want to consider this weighty issue: Researchers recently found that weight gain may be inevitable for girls and young women who spend a considerable amount of time on the internet, don’t get enough shut eye or knock back a few too many drinks. More than 5,000 girls ages 14 to 21 years old were followed for a year, and the study showed that body mass index (BMI) skyrocketed for those who did too much fancy computer finger work. The same went for drinking alcohol and not getting enough shut-eye, but a lack of sleep caused greater gains in BMI than excessive drinking.
More internet time proved to cause a steady increase in BMI, and when it came to sleep, five hours or less per night were when weight problems began to occur. And two or more alcoholic drinks per week also proved to spur excess pounds for the 5,035 girls and women who participated in the study.
How can these habits cause your favorite jeans to feel snug? Well, experts say an unhealthy relationship with the internet takes away from time for exercise, and a lack of sleep can make anyone too tired for activity during the day. Add alcohol—which contains a considerable amount of calories—to that equation and you have yourself a recipe for weight gain.
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We’re curious: How do you pull yourself away from the web and get moving? [MSNBC]