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*If you're reading this sitting down, you might consider standing up.*
In a provocative look at the impact of sedentary behavior on health, a new study links time watching television to an increased risk of death. One of the most surprising findings is that it isn't just couch potatoes who were affected—even for people who exercised regularly, the risk of death went up the longer they were in front of the TV. The problem was the prolonged periods of time spent sitting still.
Australian researchers who tracked 8,800 people for an average of six years found that those who said they watched TV for more than four hours a day were 46% more likely to die of any cause and 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than people who reported spending less than two hours a day in front of the tube.
(more) Time Watching TV Linked to Greater Risk of Death, New Study Says - WSJ.com
We all knew it was true in a vague kinda way...this just drives the point home.
80%? Wow. Sad to say but I spend more than 4 hours a day in front of this computer screen.
"46% more likely to die of any cause and 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease"
This kind of statistic drives me crazy. Think about it. "46% more likely to die of any cause".
What the hell? We are ALL GOING TO DIE of something! That's right. 100% of all of us will die of some cause. Watch TV. Don't watch TV. You are still going to die of something.
Funny the same thing has been said in the past such about such things like video games ( EG: PAC-MAN WILL KILL YOU !! ). Not too mention using more/less the same kind of studies and stats about that "deadly" country music, rock music, roller coasters, etc...
Last week I was reading online a newspaper article out of Uniontown, PA from 1961 saying about how some doctor warned that those new FM Stereo radio stations out of Pittsburgh, their transmitting signals could give you cancer. UGH !!!
The one page article in the link I provided above already mentions video games, books,
etc and explains that, between the two groups of people, those that watch over 4 hours vs those that watch less,
46% more '4+ hour people' died over the six years of the study. Of any cause. (country music was not mentioned.)
By the way your cardiovascular system does not exist separate from the rest
of your body, right? As my doctor likes to remind me, "What's good for your heart is
good for your brain." And obesity has a whole range of deleterious effects as well.
But whatever, like I expected television junkies (of which I count myself) to take this shocking information sitting down?
I wish i could have a tv monitor built into my brain and a computer hooked up to me like a cyborg.
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