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.