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Why binge watching TV is bad for your health

Sitting in front of your TV and watching it for hours on end is more dangerous than you might have thought, as the Independent reports.

Every additional hour you spend binge watching a TV show, the risk of an inflammatory related death grows by 12%, according to a study published in the journal of Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. The study started in 1999 and measured the viewing habits of 8,900 people. Flash forward 12 years later, the researchers discovered that 909 of those people had died – and 130 of those deaths were inflammatory-related. Inflammatory diseases include Alzheimer’s, asthma, diabetes and kidney diseases.

“Those who spent more time watching TV were older, less likely to have completed at least 12 years of education, had lower household income, were more likely to be current or ex-smokers, more likely to have diabetes or hypertension, and had a more adverse overall health profile,” lead author, Dr Megan Grace, said. “High TV viewers also had a lower diet quality.”

The authors of the study also revisited the participants after seven years and found that 80% of people who watched more than four hours per day were 80% more likely to die of a cardiovascular disease.

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