A binge television session to die for
BINGE television watchers beware — every hour you spend sitting watching TV makes you more likely to die from inflammatoryrelated diseases.
And it’s not just those watching more than four hour-long episodes in a row at risk, according to Melbourne researchers. The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has found that even moderate viewing of between two and four hours daily is risky, with every extra hour of seated TV viewing per day associated with a 12 per cent higher risk of inflammationrelated death. Researchers analysed the lifestyles, hours of daily TV viewing, inflammatory markers and causes of death of almost 9000 adults, who were followed up 13 years after first taking part in the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. After excluding cancer and cardiovascular-related deaths, they found that every extra hour of TV time increased the risk of inflammatory-related death. The study found that while the damage from sedentary behaviour was still being uncovered, there was growing evidence that it was linked to inflammation.