Too Much TV as Bad as Smoking: 3 Dangers of TV Watching

Too much TV time may be worse for you then smoking according to research.  According to the research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, “Experts from the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, found that on average, every hour of television a person watches reduced the viewer’s life expectancy by almost 22 minutes.”  The research also suggests that watching more than six hours of TV a day will shorten your lifespan by an amazing five years. Even watching just two hours of TV a day can shorten your lifespan by almost two years.

Why? Well there may be a few reasons. It’s not that watching TV is bad, it’s what you are not doing because you are watching TV. You’re not moving around and exercising. Typically people munch on food when they watch television. Finally, watching television for long hours can contribute to loneliness because you aren’t being as social.

Three Consequences of Watching Too Much TV

1. Diabetes: Prolonged television watching could increase your chance of getting Type 2 diabetes. According to a recent research review, more than three hours of television watching a day may put you at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. “While the associations between time spent viewing TV and risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease were linear, the risk of all-cause mortality appeared to increase with TV viewing duration of greater than three hours per day.”
2. Weight Gain: Another new study suggests that all that time in front of the tube is becoming a health concern. Being a television-watching couch potato may be partially to blame for weight gain, high blood pressure and heart disease risk. The study collected information from thousands of Australians about their health and lifestyles, then collected the same data from these subjects five years later in order to identify any changes. For both men and women, people who increased their TV viewing similarly increased their waistlines.
3. Headaches and Back pain: Recent research suggests that spending an excessive amount of time on screen-based activities may be bad for your back. The results show a consistent association between time spent on screen-based activities and incidences of headache and backache among the youths.

Time to shut off the tube and get a hobby, meet some people, or go for a walk.



  • I just can’t wrap my brain around this subject. I am 69 and have successfully battled prostate cancer and bypass surgery. (4 years ago) Exercising daily (three miles per) and eating a balanced diet have improved my overall health considerably. I also have COPD and the normal aches and pains associated with aging. Now I spend a considerable amount of time in front of the tv and/or computer; as much as ten hours a day on occasion. I have finished two novels of over 600 pages each and tutor college students an hour or so each day. Aside from using my treadmill, I also walk on a nature trail two, three times per week. I do my own cooking, cleaning and shopping. What else can I do in my life to replace the time spent sitting on my butt? I feel productive, enjoy my times with my two adult sons, and in general, am happier than most people I know. in general, I am in the best shape of my life going back forty years. Any suggestions on improving my lifestyle?

  •  @oracle572 wow… you are a true disciplined man.. I think you should cook vegetables every morning to be more healthy…just pour some yoghurt maybe on the salad and you will love it!  *but it is just an suggestion, it is just to make your life more enjoyable*

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