Watching TV may be detrimental to health

Jul 13, 2011

Too much TV may cause health problems

The number of hours that an individual spends in front of the television each day may pose a substantial risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and death, according to an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

After a review of past research, Anders Grontved of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense and Dr. Frank B. Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health, found that for every two hours a day a person is exposed to television, there is a 20 percent increase in risk for these health problems. People that spend hours on end sitting in front of the tube may want to reconsider their life insurance policy choices.

It is unclear if cutting back on this behavior would prevent these problems from occurring eventually, but experts believe adults should be limited to the two hours a day that children are, ABC reports.

“That's a very generous threshold," Hu told the news source. "The amount of time spent watching TV is so high, if you can cut back to two hours that's a major improvement."

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