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Binge watching television can increase your chance of cardiovascular illness: Study

The much-awaited summers are here, and the weather is rising with every passing day. While the hot temperature makes it unbearable to go outdoors, you look out for other alternatives. Among numerous indoor activities you look to perform, binge watching television is one.

What could define a better perfect summer evening than having a snack bowl in your hand and putting on your favorite TV show that you longed to watch? It appears to be a good way to kill the crippling boredom and relax after a hectic workday.

While binge watching television as fun as it sounds, there is an important risk you are ignoring. The risk that tags along with excessive sedentary lifestyle. Sounding a lot cliché, but even sitting too much can pose a significant risk to your health.

Now according to the American Heart Association, people who sit and watch television for hours are increasing their chances of severe cardiovascular illness. Not to mention, that heart disease is one of the leading causes of deaths in the US.

The Risks with Binge Watching Television

The study documented in the American Heart Association (AHA) considered the data of roughly 4000 adults. These participants were known to spend a greater portion of their day binge watching television. AHA qualifies 4 hours or more of TV every day as exceeding the normal duration.

While the statistics held true for all populations, African Americans spent far greater time than any other community. As a result, scientists hypothesized that the risk of cardiovascular illness was likely to be high among them.

Accordingly, the participants reported the number of hours they watched television and diet they followed on a daily basis. During this time, any likelihood of heart illness was comprehensively recorded.

Towards the conclusion, the findings showed that there were around 130 cases of serious heart illness. Additionally, in the 8-year period of the research, an estimate of 210 deaths was reported. But more importantly, over 2000 participants developed some sort of risk for cardiovascular disease. This was in a combination of several other conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and stroke.

In short, the research showed that binge watching television is much more harmful than we assume it to be. People who exceed 4 hours of duration were 50% more likely to experience early deaths due to cardiovascular illness.

The findings are worrisome particularly for the African American community who on average spent 5-6 of watching television.

Getting More Physical

There is a need for the American population to get more physically active moving away from sedentary lifestyles. Binge watching television seems like a good summer proposal but the risks that tag along are substantial.

In order to overcome the risk of cardiovascular illness, it’s time to search for alternatives to sit and binge watching television. Perhaps one way to go about it is to incorporate the habit with your physical workout. Buying an iPad mini or even having a TV installed in your treadmill is likely to fulfill your purpose.

You can enjoy your workout while not missing out on your favorite TV shows. The key at the end of the day is that you realize that is vital more so than ever, to follow a physically healthy lifestyle.



Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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