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Watching Too Much TV Linked to Early Death

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  • Watching TV for three or more hours a day doubles your risk of premature death compared to watching TV for one hour or less
  • For every two additional hours spent watching TV, a person’s risk of death from heart disease rose by 44 percent and risk of death from cancer climbed by 21 percent
  • Part of what makes TV viewing so damaging to your health is that it increases your time spent sitting
  • People who sit for the longest periods of time are twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease compared to those who sit the least
  • If you must watch TV, engaging in intermittent movement every 15 minutes or so can help to decrease its negative health effects

By Dr. Mercola

If you watch television for three or more hours a day, your risk of premature death is double that of someone who watches only one hour or less, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The health risks of too much sedentary behavior, including too much sitting, are now widely known.

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