Watching television more than two hours a day raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Results showed that more than two hours per day in front of the television increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease and, more than three hours, premature death. Every two hours more television per day, the risk of all these diseases rises to 20%, 15% and 13% respectively.
For scholars, the link between watching TV and these diseases can be explained by the relationship between obesity and the excess of television and, soon, sedentarismo. Obesity is associated with unhealthy eating habits and low levels of physical activity, risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Want A Simple Tip To Improve Your Life? Turn off the television and have your meals at the table. A survey by the Ministry of Health in April this year showed that 25.8% of adults spend three or more hours in front of the TV and this happens five or more times a week.
"When we are in front of the television, we eat more than necessary, because we forget the satiety and we start to eat automatically," explains the endocrinologist Cláudia Cozer, from Abeso (Brazilian Association for the Study of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome). The consequence of this you already know: those extra pounds.
A good meal is the one programmed. Claudia says it should take at least 20 to 30 minutes. If you take less than this, you should be chewing the food a little, which can be a big problem too.
In addition, making meals at the table, with family or friends improves social interaction. Take this time to interact with the people around you, to know each other's day, to talk and talk about your life as well.
And believe me: there are more reasons to leave the TV aside. A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA, showed that people who watched television for more than seven hours a day showed a 50% greater chance of developing memory loss. So get out the front of the TV, go read a book or take a walk in the park. Your health thanks.
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