Relax in front of the television? Be forewarned, each hour you spend there boosts chances of going to an early grave by 11 percent and chances of death from cardiovascular disease by 18 percent, a major study released has found.
The Australian study appearing in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association looked at the health habits of 8,800 people between 2000 and 2006.
It found that a sedentary spell on the sofa watching TV had negative effects on blood sugar and blood fats.
Whether one is obese, overweight or fit, an hour of television time a day delivers an 11 percent higher risk of early death, a nine percent higher risk of cancer death and an 18 percent higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease, the research found.
People who watch television four hours a day see their increased rate of death from any cause by 46 percent, and from cardiovascular disease it soars by 80 percent.
“The human body was designed to move, not sit for extended periods of time,” said David Dunstan, lead author of the study, with the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Victoria, Australia.
“Technological, social and economic changes mean that people don’t move their muscles as much as they used to — consequently the levels of energy expenditure as people go about their lives continues to shrink,” Dunstan said.
“For many people, on a daily basis they simply shift from the chair in the car to the chair in the office to the chair in front of the television,” he said.
The average time people spend watching television daily is three hours in Britain and Australia, while in the US it is 4.5 hours a day.(AFP)
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