Television Watching May Shorten Your Life
Researchers from University of Queensland, in Brisbane Australia suggest that avid television watchers may have a shorter lifespan.
In research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine for every hour of TV watched after age 25 ones life is shortened by 22 minutes.
The reason for this link between television watching and a shorter life is controversial. Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine suggests that it may be due to the sedentary lifestyle required to watch a lot of television. He said:
“As a rule, the more time we spend watching TV, the more time we spend eating mindlessly in front of the TV, and the less time we spend being physically active, More eating and less physical activity, in turn, mean greater risk for obesity, and the chronic diseases it tends to anticipate, notably diabetes, heart disease and cancer.”
Katz also noted that the connection could be due to loneliness. He said that many who watch excessive amounts of television “are lonely, or isolated, or depressed, and these conditions, in turn, may be the real causes of premature mortality.”
In related news, On Monday, another study from the journal Lancet found that 15 minutes of physical activity a day could increase one’s lifespan by three years.
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