People who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, according to a study published on June 25.
The research in the Journal of the American Heart Association is the latest to describe the potential dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, which include high blood pressure, obesity, cancer and heart disease.
“Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality,” said lead author Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, chair of the department of public health at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
The research was based on records from more than 13,000 people who had graduated from Spanish universities. Their average age was 37, and 60 percent were women.
Researchers wanted to find out if there was any link between dying young and the amount of television watched.
They also looked at how long people spent at a computer and daily driving time, and whether these influenced death risk.
1. prematurely adv.
不成熟地；倉卒地 (bu4 cheng2 shou2 de5; cang1 cu4 de5)
例: Their criticisms seem premature considering that the results aren’t yet known.
2. sedentary adj.
久坐的；少活動的 (jiu3 zuo4 de5; shao3 huo2 dong4 de5)
例: My doctor says I should start exercising because my lifestyle is too sedentary.
3. a range of phr.
一系列 (yi2 xi4 lie4)
例: There is a wide range of opinions on this issue.