People who spend 5 hours a day scrolling on phone have 43% higher risk of obesity

Spending hours each day glued to a smartphone could greatly increase your risk of obesity, a new study says.

Researchers found that college students who spent five hours or more on their cell phones were 43 percent more likely to be obese than their peers who had less screen time.

That’s because the phone-addicted students were twice as likely to drink sugary beverages and eat fast food and candy, and two times less likely to exercise.

The study, by Simón Bolívar University in Barranquilla, Colombia, is the latest in a field of research that suggests phone usage can disrupt your metabolism at night, cause sleep deprivation and impact self-control – all of which could drive obesity.
According to lead author Professor Mirary Mantilla-Morrón, the study provides enough evidence for doctors to see cell phones as a serious factor when assessing a patient’s health.

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‘The results of this study allow us to highlight one of the main causes of physical obesity, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,’ Professor Mantilla-Morrón, a cardiac pulmonary and vascular rehabilitation specialist at Simón Bolívar University, said.

For the study, the team looked at more than 1,000 male and female college students at the university between June 2018 and December 2018.

They tracked daily smartphone usage, almost all on Androids.

Their results, shared today at the American College of Cardiology Latin America Conference, showed that the students were 43 percent more likely to be obese if a smartphone was used five or more hours a day.

Those who used their cellphone that often were also more likely to consume sugary drinks and fast food, and not participate in physical activity.

About 25 percent of the participants who were overweight and nearly five percent who were obese spent more than five hours using their device.

Women who used their smartphones more than five hours were almost twice as likely to overweight as men and just slightly more likely to be obese.
‘It is important that the general population knows…that, although mobile technology is undoubtedly attractive for its multiple purposes…it should also be used to improve habits and healthy behaviors,’ said Professor Mantilla-Morrón.

‘Spending too much time in front of [a] smartphone facilitates sedentary behaviors, reduces the time of physical activity, which increases the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease, different types of cancer, osteoarticular discomfort and musculoskeletal symptoms.’

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In recent years, a field of research has emerged about how smartphones can negatively effect our health.

This study comes on the heels of several others that have linked phone or tablet usage to being dangerously overweight.

A 2016 study from Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health found that teens who spent more than five hours a day in front of a screen were more than 40 percent more likely to be obese and twice as likely to drink a sugary beverage every day.

And a study earlier this year from Rice University in Texas found that multitasking on smartphones led to decreased self-control when it came to fast food.

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Fix acne, dry skin and thinning hair with your hormones – expert

From facial oils to expensive serums, there’s a myriad of products that promise to help women get their skin looking glowing and healthy.

But if your beauty products aren’t doing what they’re supposed to, it may be worth swapping potions for natural remedies.

From turmeric to halt the signs of ageing, to shatavari for excess hair, the following herbs can help settle your hormones and get your skin back to its best.

Medical herbalist Katie Pande tells FEMAIL: ‘When our hormones are out of balance, it can really affect the appearance. Acne outbreaks, hairy nipples and thinning hair can all be a sign your hormones are misbehaving.

Here, Katie gives the lowdown on the natural remedies that can help bring you back in balance.

Tired of shelling out for expensive creams? Turmeric is just one of the herbs that will support collagen production and keep your skin looking supple and youthful

Tired of shelling out for expensive creams? Turmeric is just one of the herbs that will support collagen production and keep your skin looking supple and youthful

Ageing and thinning skin: Turmeric

‘Oestrogen affects our skin in many ways, like helping maintain skin moisture and stimulating the production of collagen – the protein that keeps our skin supple and youthful,’ Katie explains.

‘So when oestrogen drops during the menopause, skin starts to thin and more wrinkles appear.

‘Younger women who have low levels of oestrogen may also see these changes happen more quickly. To help maintain young-looking skin, make sure you’re getting a good intake of protein, as well as fruits and vegetables containing lots of vitamin C, such as kiwi fruits, red peppers and broccoli.

‘These will support collagen production to keep your skin supple. The herbs shatavari, turmeric and gotu kola can both be helpful for supporting skin health.’

Excess hair: Liquorice

Liquorice but not as you know it! The herb - along with red clover and green tea - can help reduce the build-up of testosterone which can lead to unwanted hair growth in women

Liquorice but not as you know it! The herb – along with red clover and green tea – can help reduce the build-up of testosterone which can lead to unwanted hair growth in women

‘Unwanted hair growth can be a particularly troubling symptom of hormone imbalances in women. Although it’s often seen on the face, it can also affect other parts of the body, including the nipples!

‘This increase in body hair can be a sign of raised levels of ‘male’ hormones such as testosterone (which women actually do need, but in small amounts).

‘Try sipping on herbal teas containing the herbs liquorice, red clover and also green tea, as well as increasing your intake of ‘cruciferous’ vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage, as these help reduce testosterone build-up.’

Stressed skin (psoriasis, eczema and inflammation): Neem

Sipping on herbs such as neem (pictured), turmeric and dandelion can help keep the skin cool and calm. Increased stress levels are known to cause skin glands to produce higher oil levels

Sipping on herbs such as neem (pictured), turmeric and dandelion can help keep the skin cool and calm. Increased stress levels are known to cause skin glands to produce higher oil levels

‘In terms of how stress affects the skin, higher levels of the stress hormones cortisol causes our skin glands to produce higher levels of oil, which can influence skin break-outs.

‘Similarly, it can disrupt the skins normal environment and aggravate chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and increase inflammation and redness.

‘Herbs such as neem, turmeric and dandelion are excellent for keeping the skin cool and calm. An Ayurvedic herbal hero for tackling stress is Holy Basil. Drank as a tea, this herb can help balance your stress response.’

Acne: Shatavari

Shatavari (pictured), can help re-balance levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and help to prevent acne and outbreaks for those suffering from hormonal skin breakouts

Shatavari (pictured), can help re-balance levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and help to prevent acne and outbreaks for those suffering from hormonal skin breakouts

‘Acne and hormonal skin breakouts aren’t the preserve of teenagers; they can also affect grown women.

‘Outbreaks can be caused by a drop in oestrogen levels and a relative increase in “male” hormones such as testosterone, which tends to happen just before our period and during the menopause.

‘Try a herbal hormonal balancing supplement containing shatavari, such as Pukka Herbs’ Womankind capsules.

‘Shatavari is tradtional Ayurvedic herb that can help re-balance levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and help to prevent acne and outbreaks.’

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Men with obese wives are at greater risk of diabetes… but fat husbands don’t have the same effect

Women who love their food could pose a risk to their husband’s health, research suggests.

Middle-aged men with obese wives are significantly more likely to develop type two diabetes than those with slimmer partners, scientists discovered.

A study of more than 3,500 couples reveals a direct correlation between the weight of a woman and her husband’s health.

The reverse is not true however, with overweight husbands having no impact on their wives’ chance of developing the condition.

A study of more than 3,500 couples reveals a direct correlation between the weight of a woman and her husband¿s health (stock image)

Scientists interviewed English couples over the age of 50 every two and a half years, between 1998 and 2015, tracking their weight and health for around 11 years.

They found that each woman’s weight at the beginning of the study was a strong predictor of her husband’s chances of developing type two diabetes, irrespective of his own weight.

For every five additional points a woman scored on the body mass index scale, her husband was 21 per cent more likely to develop type two diabetes, regardless of his weight to begin with.

Scientists suspect shared lifestyle such as poor diet and lack of exercise is to blame, with obese women influencing their husband’s eating and activity patterns.

But the fact men do not impact their wives’ health suggest women have a much bigger influence on their husband’s lifestyle than men do on their wives.

This may be because women are more likely to cook their husbands’ meals, although experts stress the people assessed were middle-aged couples, so the same may not be true of younger groups.

Others said women may simply be more conscious of their appearance – making them more resistant to following their husbands’ lead.

Presenting their results to the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Portugal, the Danish researchers said men with overweight wives should be screened for diabetes. Led by Adam Hulman of Aarhus University, they said: ‘This is the first study investigating the sex-specific effect of spousal obesity on diabetes risk.

More than 3.5million people in the UK are thought to have type two diabetes

‘Recognising shared risk between spouses may improve diabetes detection and motivate couples to increase collaborative efforts to eat more healthily and boost their activity levels.

‘Obesity or type two diabetes in one spouse may serve as a prompt for diabetes screening and regular weight checks in the other.’

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Fears for troubled singer as she releases 12-minute video where she admits she is suicidal and living out of a motel

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has posted a concerning video online saying she is suicidal and living out of a $70-a-night Travelodge motel in New Jersey.

O’Connor, 50, posted the 12-minute video on Facebook last week revealing she was all by herself and fighting to stay alive every day.

‘I am now living in a Travelodge motel in the a**e end of New Jersey,’ she said while sitting on the motel room bed.

‘I’m all by myself. And there’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist – the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero – and that’s about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment… and that’s kind of pathetic.

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, 50, posted the 12-minute video on Facebook last week revealing she was all by herself a Travelodge motel in New Jersey

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, 50, posted the 12-minute video on Facebook last week revealing she was all by herself a Travelodge motel in New Jersey.

‘I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.

‘Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t give a s**t who you are, and equally what’s worse, it’s the stigma, it doesn’t give a s**t who you are.

‘Suddenly all the people who are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like s**t. It’s like a witch hunt.’

The troubled singer-songwriter said she was ‘fighting like all the millions of people’ battling a mental illness.

‘If it was just for me I’d be gone. Straight away back to my mum… because I’ve walked this earth alone for two years now as punishment for being mentally f**king ill and getting angry that no one would f***ing take care of me,’ she said.

‘I’m a 5’4′ little f***ing woman wandering the world for two years by myself.’

She also added that she had been hospitalized for kidney stones recently.

A woman staying at the motel told Page Six that O’Connor had been staying there for a week.

‘She had a hospital band on her wrist,’ the woman said.

The woman added that O’Connor kept to herself but ‘left her door wide open all week except at night’ and would often go to the Pepsi machine.

The guest, who hasn’t seen O’Connor since Friday, said the first time she saw the Irish singer she told her boyfriend: ‘That looks like an old Sinead O’Connor.

O'Connor (above in 2012), who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than a decade ago, has spoken of her mental health problems previously

The footage immediately sparked fear among her fans.

‘I go to bed every night worried about you,’ one person wrote. ‘I wake up and tentatively log onto Facebook because of my worry for you.’

Another wrote: ‘To Sinead’s kids get over and help your mother, she is crying out for you all, forget what has happened and forgive, keep forgiving her until you get over there and give her a hug.’

O’Connor has spoken previously about how she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than a decade ago and has struggled with depression and post traumatic stress for years.

She told Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that before her bipolar diagnosis she had struggled with thoughts of suicide and overwhelming fear. She said at the time that medication had helped her find more balance, but ‘it’s a work in progress.’

O’Connor said in later interviews that she was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011.

The mother of four sparked a police search in May last year when she failed to return from a bike ride in suburban Chicago.

O'Connor posted the address of the motel where she is staying on Facebook last week

O’Connor posted the address of the motel where she is staying on Facebook last week

The video O'Connor posted on Facebook shows her sitting in one of the motel rooms at this Travelodge in New Jersey

The troubled singer-songwriter (above in 1990) said in the Facebook video last week that she was 'fighting like all the millions of people' battling a mental illness

About two hours after she left on the ride, a rambling message was posted on her official Facebook page that referred to emotional trauma she had been through over the years, prompting fears she had disappeared to take her own life.

She was found by police later that day at an unidentified hotel.

O’Connor, who is a mother to four children from different relationships, took to Facebook in 2015 to say she had taken an overdose at a hotel somewhere in Ireland. Irish police later said she had been found safe.

The next month, she posted on Facebook that she had been detained in a hospital for mental health evaluation.

Comedian Arsenio Hall dropped a $5million lawsuit against O’Connor earlier this year after she apologized and retracted comments she made on Facebook that he had supplied drugs to Prince.

Read more: dailymail

Three women arrested for raping a pastor defend themselves saying ‘we were just playing around’

Three women have appeared before a court accused of gang raping a pastor who went round to their home to demand money they owed him.

Western Commonage Magistrates Court in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, heard how the holy man was grabbed and forced onto a bed and then stripped.

The three women Sandra Ncube, 21, Riamuhetsi Mlauzi, 23, and Mongiwe Mpofu, 25, were in the dock charged with aggravated indecent assault.

Prosecutor Mr Petros Shoko said the complainant, who is not being named to spare his blushes, was a pastor at a church in Cowdray Park.

Samdra Ncube, Riamuhetsi Mlauzi, and Mongiwe Mpofu have denied raping the pastor

He said the male victim had gone to the home of the three women as he was owed money and he was invited inside the house to collect it.

But once inside he alleged he was grabbed by one woman around the waist and his trousers were pulled down by another who then fondled him.

Mr Shoko said: ‘On July 14 at 7pm the complainant went to the accused persons residence to collect money which Mlauzi owed.

‘They forced him to lie on the bed and undressed him. Ncube sat on his chest and he tried to push her away.

‘However Mlauzi held his legs together and sat on his top pressing him against the bed

‘Mpofu was in another room and brought condoms and placed them on the complainants manhood and helped to hold him down.

‘Ncube had sexual intercourse with the complainant once without his consent’ Mr Shoko said.

The three denied raping the pastor but admitted indecent assault.

Ncube said: ‘We were just playing around Your Worship. I did not think that he would take it seriously’.

Mpofu denied taking part but admitted bringing the condoms saying: ‘We keep them around the house and I just brought them’.

Mlauzi said she wanted to ‘fix’ the pastor who she claimed had a habit of walking in on the women when they were bathing.

She said: ‘He always walks in on me bathing and claims to be unmoved as a man of God. I just wanted to see if he was going to be aroused or not.

‘I did not plan to execute the whole rape thing Your Worship’.

Magistrate Lungile Ncube was told by Mlauzi that she just wanted to prove to the pastor that he had ‘feelings like everybody else’.

She said: ‘I wanted him to see that he was not special and was not immune to sexual arousal.

‘When I touched him he immediately got aroused and that is all we wanted to see’ she said.

The complainant was taken to Mpilo Central Hospital for a medical examination and the report will be prepared for the magistrates.

All three were remanded in custody until August 7 for a full trial.

Earlier this month a 39-year-old teacher was hospitalised in Zimbabwe after claiming a gang of three women kidnapped, drugged and raped him for two days.

The man from Makoni in Chitungwiza was left with severely bruised genitals and doctors at Waza Hospital found other signs of sexual abuse after he was dumped by the roadside.

Police are still trying to find the three women who are allegedly part of a ‘sperm bandit’ gang preying on hitchhikers and travellers and steal and sell their semen for ‘good luck’.

There is no suggestion the two alleged crimes are related.

Read more: dailymail.

African Sauce!!! Photos That Show Ali Kiba Lost A Hot And Sexy Mama

Ali Kiba is without doubt one of the best Bongo Flava artistes we have seen. He has vocals…Good vocals.

But just like any other celebrity, he has had a tough time when it comes to matters of the heart. Ali Kiba has been head over heels in love with a Tanzanian businesswoman, singer and model, Jokate Mwegelo.

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Jokate is the video vixen to Bahati’s song, Maria, and with no doubt she nailed it. She and Ali Kiba have never admitted to having a thing together, but photos that went viral were proof that the two have been seeing each other.

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Well, I recently found out that the Chekecha Cheketua hit maker had broken up with this fashionista over what was termed as irreconcilable differences. There is one thing that still stands, though.

This girl Jokate is one hot lass. Proof that Ali Kiba really got taste when it comes to women.

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Check Out Jokate’s photos, you will agree with me that she is not only beautiful but also has got style:

Is Ali Kiba’s Female Manager And His Ex Girlfriend Fighting Over Him?

He is a father of four kids from different baby mamas. Ali Kiba is considered as one of the popular heartthrobs  – according to some lasses. Kiba never has a shortage of swooning female attention. When he was recently photographed with his manager Seven Mosha, drama ensued.

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Point is, there is something we barely understand about Ali Kiba…That would be, if he is single or nah!

Jokate Mwegelo, who is known for her role as a video vixen in Bahati’s song ‘Maria‘, has been romantically linked to Ali Kiba.

The Tanzanian model and designer has apparently been in a social media fight with Ali Kiba’s sexy manager Seven Mosha.

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However Ali Kiba’s mother recently denied any knowledge of Jokate being Ali Kiba’s girlfriend, and when asked if the two were having something, Ali would say that the two are just friends.

This statement hurt Jokate too much to a point of writing posts that seemed to be targeting Ali Kiba’s manager Mosha, after Ali posted a photo of himself and Mosha which seemed to suggest their relationship was more than business.

“Unapotumia sio nguvu bali akili nyingi kumtengeneza mtu na akafikia mafanikio fulani hivi halafu ki-mtu kingine kikajiweka mbele na kutaka credit zote ????????????, una smile kama hivi ????ukiacha waendelee huku ukitafakari maneno kwenye vitabu vitakatifu wa kwanza atakuwa wa mwisho na mwisho atakuwa wa kwanza. Maisha ni mzunguko. Mungu yu mwema sana. ????❤”

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In an interview with a Tanzanian based show, Jokate said that Ali and his family did not mean to deny her for they all know the truth but instead Jokate claims it was a slip of the tongue;

“Mimi sifikirii sana maana mimi ni mtu Positive nataka niamini hawakuamaanisha sasa sijui waliteleza au walikosea”

Check out fan’s reaction to the story of Ali Kiba and his manager Seven Mosha;

evy_mkush_nunda: Kaka piga tu mti kwan shilingi ngapi… Hayo maua yameumbwa kwa ajili yetu ????

mwanarama9999: Huyu meneja sasa hivi ataliwa …

k.wise96: Hahahahahabaha meneja wa kikeeeee hhhha apo mapenz tuuu na ndio maaana Joket huwa haumpost.

kaboyenx: Ali Kiba ujue jokate anakuona bro @officialalikiba

mis_entry: Mmmh uyu manager nawasiwaasi nae Kama kiba anamlaa @carrymastory

mjin_viva: Mhhh huo umenanger msije mkawa mnamuibia jokate maana mhh