Attack of the killer TV. Sounds like some terrible B-movie, right? No, its for real.
According to a recent study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, T.V. has such a devastating impact on one's physical health that even daily visits to that gym cannot undo the damage.
As the NY Times reported:
The study followed 4,512 middle-aged Scottish men for a little more than four years on average. It found that those who said they spent two or more leisure hours a day sitting in front of a screen were at double the risk of a heart attack or other cardiac event compared with those who watched less.
Scary, right? Well, it gets worse. This backs up a study from last year that found that even those who hit the gym regularly, but spent a lot of time in front of screens or stuck in a car, were more at risk to die from heart disease than those who were less active, but didn't spend as much time in front of a TV.
Yes, athletes who love their boob tube might just keel over.
The take-away: Keep screen-time to a minimum.
What do you think?
- The Hazards of the Couch (well.blogs.nytimes.com)