When long hours of TV watching is dangerous

A new study has linked watching too much television (TV) with some of the leading causes of death in the United States (U.S). Ninety-two per cent of Americans have a TV in their home, according to background information in the study. And 80 per cent of American adults watch an average of threeand- a-half hours of TV a day, which is more than half of their leisure time.

This new study is very relevant in Nigeria especially with the trend in satellite TV, which makes millions of Nigerians to be glued to TV sets for several hours daily, watching soap operas, drama series, sporting activities especially soccer, entertainment programmes, among others.

“We know that television viewing is the most prevalent leisure-time sedentary behaviour and our working hypothesis is that it is an indicator of overall physical inactivity,” explained study author, Sarah Keadle, a cancer prevention fellow at the U.S. National Can-cer Institute.

“In this context, our results fit within a growing body of research indicating that too much sitting can have many different adverse health effects,” Keadle said. According to the report published online October 27, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the more TV the older adults watched, the more likely they were to die from conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, flu/pneumonia, Parkinson’s disease and liver disease, the investigators found.

Culled from: http://newtelegraphonline.com/when-long-hours-of-tv-watching-is-dangerous/

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