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Story Updated: Jul 19, 2013

..wondering why the guy next to you is trying to text and exercise at the same time?

It's happening more and more with smartphones... people cannot put their devices down. And now, new research suggests all this phone fanaticism is making us fat!

Researchers at Kent State surveyed more than 300 college students...asking about their cell phone use and physical activity. They also had their fitness level and body composition tested.

Not surprisingly, those who confessed to being on the phone all the time were less fit than those who weren't tied to their devices-especially when it came to heart and respiratory fitness. Some students admitting to spending as much as 14 hours a day on the smart phone!

Bottom line, according to the researchers, put the phone down and get moving for better health.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news you can use for healthier living.

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