Couch Potatoes

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A recent Australian study links time spent watching television with an increased rate of death. According to the study, people who said they watched TV for more than four hours a day were 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who reported watching less than two hours of television a day. Professor Marc Hamilton, who studies Inactivity Physiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, explains how a sedentary lifestyle takes a toll on your health.


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Comments [8]

Allen from Utah, USA

There are a lot of articles in the scientific literature about the importance of exercise. Here is a link to over 70 such articles.

Feb. 02 2010 10:41 AM
lisa from park slope

I don't understand how a 30-minute workout does not compensate for previous sitting???

I wish this was explained!

Makes no sense.

Jan. 26 2010 02:01 PM
Amy from Manhattan

When it comes to arm movement, dentists mostly make small movements. Conductors, on the other hand, spend much of their working time moving their arms very energetically, & they tend to have long lifespans.

Jan. 26 2010 01:54 PM
Keith from inwood

I keep my computer monitor at standing eye level (along with the speakers) and put the keyboard and mouse just above the navel. I think it keeps me from just zoning out and slouching.

Jan. 26 2010 01:39 PM

What a difference between Elliot's off-hand, can hardly be bothered interview style and Julie Burstein!

Bring Back Ms. Burstein!!

Jan. 26 2010 01:38 PM
jl from

what about sitting on an exercise ball (less sedentary than a chair)

Jan. 26 2010 01:25 PM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

Sitting and watching TV, or reading books, or working at a computer terminal, or playing video games are not inherently bad, as long as one isn't constantly munching away on cheap, high carb snacks, and provided one also takes out some time for a bit of quality exercise and fresh air as well.

Jan. 26 2010 01:08 PM
Samantha from Brooklyn

I always hear that time spent watching tv is bad for your health. But wouldn't time spent sitting and reading be just as bad? I'd be so curious to know. Thanks.

Jan. 26 2010 12:29 PM

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