"Sedentary lifestyle, especially prolonged TV watching, is clearly an important and modifiable risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 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 3 hours per day," the study said.
Many people around the world have a routine of sleeping, working and watching TV. Eg Europeans and Australians are said to spend 40% and 50% respectively of their free time in front of the TV. This amounts to about 3-4 hours as compared to Americans who spend an average of 5 hours in front of the TV.
Medical experts have long been emphasising the need for increased physical activity not only for treatment of diseases but also for prevention of several lifestyle disorders. While this study focussed only on TV, gaming devices, long hours in front of computer screens are also responsible for increased sedentary behaviour amongst adults and children.
Instead, get up, get in your hour’s sweaty exercise, eat healthy and then you truly deserve to relax and chill in front of the telly, without the guilt.
By Poonam Vaswani
Senior Dietitian, www.NutritionVista.com
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