Study: TV is killing you quicker

Study: TV is killing you quicker
According to a new study from Dr. J. Lennert Veerman of the University of Queensland, watching TV will likely contribute to a shortened lifespan.

The study found that anyone who averaged six hours of TV watching per day, lived, on average, 5 years less than a person who did not watch any TV.



After the age of 25, every 30 minutes spent watching TV decreased lifespan by 22 minutes.

Of course, the TV watching is the indirect reason for the decreased lifespan. Explains Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine:

As a rule, the more time we spend watching TV, the more time we spend eating mindlessly in front of the TV, and the less time we spend being physically active. More eating and less physical activity, in turn, mean greater risk for obesity, and the chronic diseases it tends to anticipate, notably diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Potentially, those that watch excessive TV are lonely, or isolated, or depressed, and these conditions, in turn, may be the real causes of premature mortality.


The study used data on 11,000 people aged 25 or older.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Aug 2011 14:05
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  • 15 comments
  • DXR88

    well its a good thing i don't watch TV, besides Ive got the strongest opposable thumbs in the world.

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    16.8.2011 14:20 #1

  • Jeffrey_P

    Originally posted by DXR88: well its a good thing i dont watch TV, besides Ive got the strongest opposable thumbs in the world. Be sure to wear your tinfoil hat so the 2.4 GHz non-ionizing radiation does not give you brain tumors. ;)

    16.8.2011 15:08 #2

  • DXR88

    Originally posted by Jeffrey_P: Originally posted by DXR88: well its a good thing i dont watch TV, besides Ive got the strongest opposable thumbs in the world. Be sure to wear your tinfoil hat so the 2.4 GHz non-ionizing radiation does not give you brain tumors. ;) there's nothing there to damage.

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    16.8.2011 17:24 #3

  • KillerBug

    Ah crap...I watch TV while I work out...4-5 hours of it a day. I better stop watching TV and just sit on the couch eating burgers and playing video games.


    16.8.2011 21:53 #4

  • scorpNZ

    So to sumarise it's safer to watch tv than gaming,at least you loose the last 5 years of your life than loose it before your even half way there by gaming 3 days straight then dying due to laxck of food & dehydration & if that don't get ya deep vain syndrome will..lol..

    ps:i just made up a new word = laxck :p

    16.8.2011 22:00 #5

  • Jeffrey_P

    "Ah crap...I watch TV while I work out...4-5 hours of it a day. I better stop watching TV and just sit on the couch eating burgers and playing video games."

    Funny..
    I take the front wheel off my road bicycle, put it on the trainer, the remote in one of the water bottle slots then watch TV or a DVD. Oh forgot about the box fan to blow air on me.

    Guess I am a dead man riding.
    Jeff

    Cars, Guitars & Radiation.

    16.8.2011 22:19 #6

  • biglo30

    So does this apply to people who go in the gym and work out?


    16.8.2011 22:54 #7

  • Jeffrey_P

    Only if you watch TV trying to impress the ladies with a shaved chest and pumped up with Steroids.

    Prerequisites.. You must have at least one Gold chain and have roots in New Jersey.

    Jack LaLanne said, people who work out to the point of harming their bodies is overkill. 1/2 hour per day will keep you healthy. He dies at the ripe old age of 97.
    Jeff

    Cars, Guitars & Radiation.

    16.8.2011 23:46 #8

  • KillerBug

    Originally posted by Jeffrey_P: Only if you watch TV trying to impress the ladies with a shaved chest and pumped up with Steroids.

    Prerequisites.. You must have at least one Gold chain and have roots in New Jersey.

    Jack LaLanne said, people who work out to the point of harming their bodies is overkill. 1/2 hour per day will keep you healthy. He dies at the ripe old age of 97.
    Jeff
    My neighbor died at 26, right after he got home from his morning jog. My uncle died at 37, in the middle of his morning stretches. They both stuck to about 1/2 hour a day, first thing in the morning. Maybe the key is to do it before bed instead.


    17.8.2011 05:06 #9

  • aldan

    well i do believe i will chance it.

    17.8.2011 12:57 #10

  • DXR88

    Originally posted by KillerBug: Originally posted by Jeffrey_P: Only if you watch TV trying to impress the ladies with a shaved chest and pumped up with Steroids.

    Prerequisites.. You must have at least one Gold chain and have roots in New Jersey.

    Jack LaLanne said, people who work out to the point of harming their bodies is overkill. 1/2 hour per day will keep you healthy. He dies at the ripe old age of 97.
    Jeff
    My neighbor died at 26, right after he got home from his morning jog. My uncle died at 37, in the middle of his morning stretches. They both stuck to about 1/2 hour a day, first thing in the morning. Maybe the key is to do it before bed instead.
    when you wake up in the morning there's always a 50% chance that your next rest will last an eternity.

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    17.8.2011 13:04 #11

  • xboxdvl2

    each persons body is different.im on the tv or computer a lot but i dont sit here pigging out on food while im on the computer or watching tv.if i sat on the lounge eating junk food for 5hours a day i'd have a shorter lifespan tv or no tv.I know a couple of people that rarely watch tv and spending countless hours at the gym and diet they are always sick.i smoke 20cigarettes a day rarely work out and i hardly ever get sick.im 27 and i dont plan on dying, i also know im not gonna die anytime soon.

    R.I.P. mr 1990 ford falcon.got myself a 1993 toyota corolla seems to run good.computers still going good.

    18.8.2011 00:53 #12

  • Interestx

    It's not TV, it's inactivity.

    If you sit around barely moving all day taking no exercise you're most likely (but not 100% guaranteed in every instance, life does have its exceptions, just like the 80yr old+ 40-a-day smokers) heading for an early grave.


    ......and too much poor quality fatty foods (esp trans fats apparently) & crap quality air etc is never going to do you much good either.

    (and just for us techy guys I'm convinced one day it'll be discovered that it's really not a great idea to be surrounding ourselves with radio waves as many of us do in the modern home)

    18.8.2011 11:59 #13

  • xboxdvl2

    Originally posted by Interestx: It's not TV, it's inactivity.

    If you sit around barely moving all day taking no exercise you're most likely (but not 100% guaranteed in every instance, life does have its exceptions, just like the 80yr old+ 40-a-day smokers) heading for an early grave.


    ......and too much poor quality fatty foods (esp trans fats apparently) & crap quality air etc is never going to do you much good either.

    (and just for us techy guys I'm convinced one day it'll be discovered that it's really not a great idea to be surrounding ourselves with radio waves as many of us do in the modern home)
    seen a picture the otherday of a 104 year old that drinks and smokes.he even had a smoke in his hand while the picture was taken.

    R.I.P. mr 1990 ford falcon.got myself a 1993 toyota corolla seems to run good.computers still going good.

    19.8.2011 01:25 #14

  • ribbie149

    89.7% of all statistics are made up.

    19.8.2011 11:19 #15

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