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TV kills

2012-10-19 16:57:19.710846+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsm.2011.085662, or Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis:

Results The amount of TV viewed in Australia in 2008 reduced life expectancy at birth by 1.8 years (95% uncertainty interval (UI): 8.4 days to 3.7 years) for men and 1.5 years (95% UI: 6.8 days to 3.1 years) for women. Compared with persons who watch no TV, those who spend a lifetime average of 6 h/day watching TV can expect to live 4.8 years (95% UI: 11 days to 10.4 years) less. On average, every single hour of TV viewed after the age of 25 reduces the viewer's life expectancy by 21.8 (95% UI: 0.3–44.7) min. This study is limited by the low precision with which the relationship between TV viewing time and mortality is currently known.

Via NY Times Well Blog: Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit., via JWZ: Great news, everybody! Television is only twice as bad for you as smoking!.

This is where my "I don't have a TV" smug becomes unbearable: Bite me.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-10-21 12:43:29.82901+00 by: m

The real correlation here is probably with the amount of time sitting which is the most likely the real killer, not focusing on the boob tube. Though from the extremely little I have learned about reality shows, anyone who watches them should be mercifully euthanized.