Too much TV tied to early death
It’s easy to want to relax in front of the TV after a hard day of work, but watching for three hours or longer a day can significantly increase the risk for death.
Researchers wanted to see how three types of sedentary behavior – including watching television, using the computer and driving – influenced the risk of death from any cause.
For the study, the team analyzed the sedentary behavior of 13,284 healthy participants who were an average of 37 years old. They were monitored for a median of 8.2 years.
During follow-up, 97 deaths occurred, 19 of which were from cardiovascular causes, 46 from cancer and 32 from other causes. The results showed that participants who reported watching three or more hours of television a day had double the risk of early death from all causes, compared to those who watched one hour or less of TV a day.
This was not the case with driving or using the computer.