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Could Too Much TV Cut Your Life Short?

Kimberly Love

There has been much debate over the years on whether or not TV watching is really healthy for the body and mind. It’s hard to pass up however. When you return home from a hard day’s work, it’s very easy to want to sit down in front of a TV and veg out. Studies however suggest that although TV watching isn’t necessarily bad for you it is possible that too much TV can send you to an early grave. Studies suggest that watching more than 3 hours of TV a day could double the risk of dying prematurely.

Dr. Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez from the Department of Public Health lead the research team and published their findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The findings suggest that remaining in a sedentary position for too long can increase your chances of developing health problems. Not just any old health problems but heart failure and studies have shown that it can even lower sperm quality in young men.

The study that researchers conducted included many sedentary activities such as watching TV, driving a car and using the computer. These activities can influence your risk of death.

How Many Hours of TV is ok?

Studies suggest that people shouldn’t watch more than 2 hours of TV a day. They felt that watching more than 3 hours a day increased chances of an early death. Many subjects were tested and upon followup found that many died due to cardiovascular failure.

When testing computer use and driving researchers were unable to find any sort of significant link between the amount of time spent during those activities with premature death.

Their report showed that over 50% of people in the US lead lives that are sedentary. Women seem to be even worse and have been known to spend around 10 hours a day in a sedentary position which is extraordinary.

Martinez-Gonzalez wrote:

“As the population ages, sedentary behaviors will become more prevalent, especially watching television, and this poses an additional burden on the increased health problems related to ageing. Our findings suggest adults may consider increasing their physical activity, avoid long sedentary periods and reduce television watching to no longer than 1-2 hours each day.”

The bigger worry is children who watch TV, it’s bad enough of a behavior for adults but children who spend more than 2 hours a day in front of a TV, video game or computer have a higher risk of high blood pressure. Another such study found that children who had TV’s in their bedrooms were even more likely to have health problems including obesity.

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