(Telegraph) Watching television ‘damages the heart’
Watching too much television or playing computer games damages your heart regardless of how much exercise you do, scientists have warned.
The risk of heart disease and premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than fours hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed. Metabolic factors and inflammation may be partly to blame, the report said.
Research revealed those who devote more than four hours watching television, surfing the web, or playing compuer games are more than twice as likely to have major cardiac problems. Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis of University College London’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health said: “People who spend excessive amounts of time in front of a screen – primarily watching TV – are more likely to die of any cause and suffer heart-related problems.
“Our analysis suggests that two or more hours of screen time each day may place someone at greater risk for a cardiac event.”