Thursday, June 16, 2011

Television and Deadly Diseases

Bent out of shape over viewer-health analysis and fitness projects

Photo by Marie Theresa Hernandez
Washington Post

"For every additional two hours that people spend glued to their television sets on a typical day, their risk of developing type-2 diabetes increases by a whopping 20 percent, and their risk of heart disease rises by 15 percent.That’s according to an analysis of eight studies on the subject published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association and brought to our attention by"

Too Much TV Linked to Earlier Death - from

"Each additional hour spent in front of the TV increased the risk of dying from heart disease by 18% and the overall risk of death by 11%, according to the study, which was published today on the website of Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. (The study will appear in the Jan. 26 print edition.)

The pattern held even after the researchers took into account the education level and overall health of the participants—their age, whether they smoked, and their cholesterol and blood pressure,"

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