Have you ever imagined that looking at a television set for a longer period of time can kill you? if not then this is for you to know that a new study discovers a link between watching television and poor health in the U.S which could be as fatal as death.
The study appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Investigators report an association between increasing hours of television viewing per day and the increasing risk of death from most of the major health concerns in the United States.
Previous studies had reported a relationship between TV viewing and elevated risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease. In this study, researchers at the National Cancer Institute looked at more than 221,000 individuals aged 50-71 years old who were free of chronic disease at study entry.
Investigators discovered a higher mortality risk from cancer and heart disease among people who watched television the most. In addition, they identified new associations with higher risk of death from most of the leading causes of death in the U.S., such as diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, Parkinson’s disease, and liver disease.
“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. In this context, our results fit within a growing body of research indicating that too much sitting can have many different adverse health effects,” explained lead investigator Sarah K. Keadle, Ph.D., M.P.H.
The study found that, compared to those who watched less than one hour per day, individuals who reported watching three to four hours of television watching per day were 15 percent more likely to die from any cause; those who watched seven or more hours were 47 percent more likely to die over the study period.
Investigators caution, that more research is needed to explore a connection between TV viewing and mortality and whether these same associations are found when we consider sitting in other contexts, such as driving, working, or doing other sedentary leisure-time activities.
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