TV

  1. TV increases death risk

    Is your favorite TV show killing you?

    Grab the remote, and hit the "OFF" button -- because TV isn't just bad for your sanity.

    It can be positively deadly for your body!

    Sitting on your rear is just about the worst thing you can do for your health, especially when you do it for hours at a time.

    And nothing gets people stuck in park position quite like the old "idiot box."

    Now, the latest research finds every hour you spend watching TV could boost your risk of a dangerous or even deadly blood clot.

    Watch TV for five hours a day -- or night -- and your risk of a pulmonary embolism (a clot that travels to the lung) doubles, according to the study out of Japan.

    Even worse, your risk of DYING from a pulmonary embolism jumps by 250 percent, and every two hours you spend staring into the glow boosts the risk by another 40 percent.

    The reason isn't clear, but it's likely the same reason travelers on long-haul flights face a higher risk of clots. It's not the TV itself, so much as what you do while you watch it: nothing.

    You sit there. And sit there. And sit there. And then maybe you lie down.

    All that sedentary time can cause a clot to form in your leg.

    You won't know it's there. There won't be any symptoms, and there's even a chance it might never hurt you.

    But if it breaks loose, it can travel up your leg, into your chest and right into your lungs -- where it could cause permanent damage or quite possibly kill you... all because a TV habit!

    It's easy to dismiss this and think it can't possibly apply to you. After all, five hours of TV sure sounds like a lot of TV... and it is.

    But it's also easy to watch five hours of TV without realizing it.

    If you watch an hour or two of daytime TV... a little news... and some primetime programs, you're already approaching five hours, or maybe even passing it.

    Not to mention those times you decide to catch up on an entire series in one fell swoop.

    Along with increasing your risk of blood clots, being sedentary for hours at a time can also slow your metabolism -- potentially leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

    I'm not saying you can't watch ANY television. I happen to love Shark Tank myself.

    But if you're watching hours of TV every day, you're probably watching too much -- and, let's face it, most of it isn't worth your time anyway. Too many people aren't watching that much TV because they love every show they see.

    They watch it because they're bored.

    So stick to the shows you LOVE -- an hour or so a night -- and then use the rest of your idle time doing something else you love that gets you up and moving, even if it's just a simple walk.

  2. TV linked to death

    I always figured shows like "Jersey Shore" killed more brain cells than marijuana... but it turns out that death risk extends to the rest of your body too.

    A new study finds that those of us who spend the most time tuned in are most likely to check out early: Two or more hours of TV a day can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and an early death.

    Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health looked at data from eight studies that tracked more than 200,000 people combined for 7 to 10 years.

    And what they found should be enough to make anyone reach for the "off" button: Every two hours of daily screen time increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by 20 percent, heart disease by 15 percent, and death itself by 13 percent.

    That's during the study period, of course -- we're all guaranteed death at some point. The trick is putting it off as long as you can... even if that means resisting the temptation to see how Ashton Kutcher does on "Two and a Half Men."

    This isn't the first time TV has been linked to serious health problems. One recent study found that people who watch four or more hours a day face an 80 percent boost in the odds of heart disease and 46 percent increase in the risk of an early death. (Read more here.)

    And plenty of other studies have found that kids who are glued to the tube risk obesity, developmental problems, social issues, and trouble with schoolwork.

    One study I told you about earlier this spring even found that kids between the ages of 6 and 7 who watch the most TV already show some of the earliest warning signs of heart disease.

    Of course, the real problem exposed by all these studies isn't Ashton Kutcher, the dregs of "Jersey Shore" or even the TV itself.

    The problem is what we do while we watch: Nothing, often with bag of chips or box of cookies within close reach.

    If you really want to save yourself, ditch the TV and the snacks and take up a hobby that involves regular movement
    instead.

    And if you really feel the urge to check in on "Jersey Shore," at least limit your viewing to a few hours a week instead of a few hours a day.

  3. Sleep problems linked to TV, Internet

    Now, a new study finds that more than a third of all Americans get less than seven hours of sleep a night--and at the same time, a new survey finds that up to 95 percent of us are in front of those glowing screens within an hour of bedtime.
  4. TV is bad for babies

    Researchers say those who spend even a little time in front if it develop more slowly than those who don't watch any.

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