Your TV habits might be killing you! As you get comfy on your sofa, you might want to consider this: Your TV habit might be killing you. A growing body of evidence links not just sitting in general, but TV viewing in particular with all sorts of health problems. Those include obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and, yes, premature death.  This applies to all ages even our kids.

  • Studies show that for each two-hour increase in daily TV viewing was associated with a 20% increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, a 13% increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  About 2.8M deaths each year in the USA are attributed to the eating and inactivity while watching TV.  Hypertensive and Diabetic patients who aren’t active and when they settle down to watch TV this greatly increases reduction of blood cirulation.  This is what is attributed to death.
  • TV watchers, unlike people who like to read, “get bombarded with junk-food commercials and soft drinks,” Dr. Hu says from Harvard University.  It’s a fact that people who watch a lot of TV eat more junk food, drink more soda and consume more calories.
  • According to Nielsen TV ratings, even with the growth of smartphones, tablets, online video and other alternative distractions;  adults on average spend more than five hours a day watching TV.  Nielson and other sources agree that adults over 50 watch far more than younger adults.
  • It’s still important to aim for 150 minutes a week or more of moderate to vigorous activity, such as brisk walking or running – guidelines that are backed by strong evidence scientifically.

To this I say:  ” Challenge Yourself!”

  • Try a week without TV and see how it affects the way you feel and what you do with your time.
  • If a week seems impossible, start by lowering your TV time by half an hour a day.
  • Stand up, run in place or wander around the house during commercials.
  • Ban eating in front of the TV.  You may be less likely to eat mindlessly if you do it elsewhere.
  • TV may be killing you!

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