Jul 12

The Worst of Screen Time

watching tvJust last week, we mentioned the danger of too much “screen time” and how it contributes to obesity-related diseases. The June 26 edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association focused on a particular kind of screen time: watching TV.

The study from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute followed almost 3,600 Mississippians for nearly nine years. It tracked how much time they typically spent sitting while watching TV, doing work and also on their exercise habits. Those who watched TV four hours or more a day had a 50% higher risk for heart attack, stroke and early death, compared with those whose TV time was less than two hours a day.

Screen time in front of the TV seemed more harmful than work-hours screen activities. The researchers speculated that time spent in front of the TV after dinner increases blood sugar and cholesterol. Muscles are inactive while you watch TV and they don’t help clear away the sugar and fat from blood vessels. Their advice is to take a walk after dinner.

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