Watch TV; Shorten Your Life?

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging, human interest


August 17  

 I write about the benefits of exercise and have a blog about being healthy – and here is a study that may just be part of the formula as to why we have an obesity epidemic and don't get enough exercise.

The amount of TV viewed in Australia in 2008 was associated with reduced life expectancy by 1.8 years for men and 1.5 years for women. The authors suggest that every hour of TV viewed after the age of 25 reduces the viewer's life expectancy.

The following study concluded that:

Viewing time may be associated with a loss of life that is comparable to other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity.

Read more about TV and life expectancy.


Comments? Thoughts? Thank you.

  • I definitely agree with you on the not getting enough exercise. But the obesity issue can’t be fought with just exercise. That’s more about eating unhealthy junk that should not be considered “food” in the first place. No amount of exercise can combat that.

    • Thanks Amethyst – you haven’t known me long enough to have read my rants on “alleged” food, nutrition and our unhealthy life styles. I also have an ebook on Kindle: “It’s Not Always Baby Fat!” which is aimed at parents and says much of what you said in your comment [and then some :-)]


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    About the Author

    Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

    Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.