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TV May Actually Kill You — Really?!

Posted by on December 6, 2015 in Films & TV, Health with 5 Comments

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By Stephen Siefert|The Alternative Daily

A study that was recently published online, and will be published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in December, “shows the breadth of mortality outcomes associated with prolonged TV viewing, and identifies novel associations for several leading causes of death.”

The study, led by Dr. Sarah K. Keadle, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, found that 80 percent of American adults watch approximately 3.5 hours of TV per day. There is no question that this time could be better spent engaged in activities that would lead to a healthier lifestyle, but will spending time in front of the TV actually kill you?

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Previous studies have already linked watching TV to an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease and cancer. Approximately 90 percent of Americans own a television, and watching TV is a ubiquitous pastime, which can often replace physical exercise. “We know that television viewing is the most prevalent leisure-time sedentary behavior, and our working hypothesis is that it is an indicator of overall physical inactivity,” Keadle commented in news reports.

Keadle and her colleagues examined 220,000 healthy adults between the ages of 50 and 71 from 1995 to the close of 2011, or until the deaths of the participants. The study’s conclusion reinforced the increased risk for heart disease and cancer shown by previous research. However, the results also uncovered an increased risk for liver disease, Parkinson’s, diabetes, pneumonia, and influenza.

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The study concluded that those who watched three to four hours of television per day were at a 15 percent increased risk of any leading cause of death. Those who watched seven or more hours of television were at a significantly higher risk — 47 percent higher. “Our results fit within a growing body of research indicating that too much sitting can have many different adverse health effects,” Keadle noted. The increased risk was also prevalent after other lifestyle risks, like smoking and alcohol use, were accounted for.

This recent study contradicts a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in October of this year, which found that prolonged sitting did not increase “all-cause mortality risk.” That study noted that prolonged sitting was not a risk factor as long as you did some sort of physical activity.

With conflicting research results, who or what do we believe? Is sitting for seven or more hours watching an entire season of a television show on Netflix bad for you?

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  1.' Andres Villa says:

    Depends what you watch… A lot of enlightening documentaries out there

  2.' Graham Thompson says:

    Another load of crap

  3.' Richard Doloeras says:

    I dissagree sori

  4.' Myra Aldana says:

    go boil un egg

  5.' Rahela Fazli says:

    Kat Orgovany

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