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Watching Too Much TV Linked To 8 Leading Causes of Death In The US

(University Herald) The number of hours spent watching TV is associated with an elevated risk of death, according to a recent study.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that many hours of TV viewing was associated with eight of the leading causes of death in the United States, such as, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, Parkinson's disease, and liver disease, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. About 92 percent of Americans have a television at home and watching TV consumes more than half of their available leisure time, potentially displacing more physical activities.
"We know that television viewing is the most prevalent leisure-time sedentary behavior and our working hypothesis is that it is an indicator of overall physical inactivity. In this context, our results fit within a growing body of research indicating that too much sitting can have many differentadverse health effects," Sarah K. Keadle, lead investigator of the study, said in a statement.
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