Do you own a car? A computer? A TV? You’re probably moving less, sitting more and buying bigger pants than someone who doesn’t.
After analyzing data from more than 150,000 people in several countries, researchers said owning all three was associated with a 31% decrease in physical activity, 21% increase in sitting and a 3.54-inch increase in waist size.
They also found a 400% increase in obesity and a 250% increase in diabetes among owners of these items in low-income countries.
While this might seem like a “no duh,” the results foreshadow some significant health problems for developing countries.
“With increasing uptake of modern-day conveniences… low- and middle-income countries could see the same obesity and diabetes rates as in high-income countries,” says lead study author Scott Lear.