10 Signs Your Computer Is Making You
By Linda York
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When was the last time you had a big Mac Attack? How
about a PC Pig-Out? These aren't some junk food junkie's gastronomical
fantasies. They are terms for real-life experiences that are packing on the
pounds for computer users everywhere. As people spend more time sitting in
front of computers, they spend less time moving and exercising. People are
exercising their "mouses" more than their bodies. They are gaining weight . . .
even if they aren't eating more!
Calories in exceed calories out
Just a decrease in the number of calories
burned can pile on the pounds. However, less activity isn't the only issue.
Many people work on their computers without taking breaks. They work and eat at
the same time, and it's usually high-calorie food that is easy and quick to
eat. Studies have found that given the choice, computer users will invariably
choose candy bars over carrot sticks to power them through an online work
session. A healthy, quick, and easy alternative is nutsjust pre-pack reasonable
portions into small plastic bags so you don't overindulge, or you can sometimes
buy pre-packaged portions at your local supermarket (for great
reasons to eat nuts, read this).
Those at risk
People who appear to be at greater
risk for computer-influenced weight gain are those who have received promotions
and find themselves suddenly working lots of extra hours; people who are bored
with their jobs and consider surfing the Net a physical sport; addicted online
game players; and people who report that they "just planned on checking their
email" and woke up three hours later to find eBay up on the screen.
10 top telltale signs
Chances are, if you use a computer for work or fun,
you could be at risk for gaining weight. The following telltale signs have been
compiled from experts all over the world to help you figure out if your
computer is making you fat. You may want to see if you, or anyone you know,
have experienced any of these common indicators:
- Are there food crumbs on your
- Have you stopped going to the mall
and done most of your shopping online?
- Do you IM or email the person who
works at the desk next to you?
- When you are asked to choose
between playing solitaire online or a rousing game of volleyball, do you
usually choose solitaire?
- Do you ever want to "cut and paste"
thingswith your mouse that isthat you are reading in an online
magazine or newspaper?
- Do you accidentally enter your
computer password on the microwave?
- Is your reason for not staying in
touch with friends that they don't have email addresses?
- Have you sat at the same desk for
four years and worked for three different companies?
- Does your spouse carry a picture of
the back of your head in their wallet because this is what they normally
- Do you have more friends in the
online world than in your real world?
While it's awfully tempting to sit at the computer
browsing the Internet or working on projects without taking a break, it's not
exactly good for us. Mac users can download a free program called Time Out that
times you on the computer and tells you when to take breaks. It can even be
scheduled to play music to get you motivated for break time. There are options
for skipping breaks or postponing them, which are tempting. PC users might want
to look at Break Reminder software or Break Time or Albion StopNow!