HEALTH: Watching television for 4 Hours A Day Can Kill You


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It has been revealed that if you watch television for three hours or more every day, you are at risk of an early death.

A study led by Professor Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, the Chairman of the Department of Public Health at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, showed that the risk of premature death was twofold higher for those watching three or more hours of TV a day compared to those watching one hour or less.

Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors. Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality,” the professor said.

However, the researchers were unable to find any connection between premature death and other activities like accessing the computer or driving, adding that more studies will be needed to determine the biological mechanisms that may be involved.

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According to Prof Martinez-Gonzalez, their findings suggest that adults may consider increasing their physical activity, avoid long sedentary periods, and reduce television watching to no longer than one to two hours each day as sedentary behaviors, especially watching television poses an additional burden on the increased health problems related to aging.

A previous research had found people who watch six hours of TV a day cut short their lifespan by five years compared with someone who watches no TV. People who sit for longer have bigger waist sizes, and higher levels of cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides.

US research earlier this year found young men who watch TV for just three hours a day have half the sperm count of men who rarely watch TV.

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