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Waistlines of the World: The Effect of Information and Communications Technology on Obesity

Aug 21, 2012
Publisher: Milken Institute

Information and communications technologies have improved living standards around the world. But the increased amount of time that people devote to using computers, watching TV and playing video games- so-called "screen time" - constitutes a significant factor in the global rise of obesity.

In Waistlines of the World: the Effect of Information and Communications Technology on Obesity, MilkenInstitute researchers establish a direct connection between spikes in technology adoption and subsequent increases in obesity rates. The report charts the dramatic rise in obesity in 27 OECD countries.The researchers chart the effect that the worldwide transition toward an information-based economy has had on work habits and lifestyle.