In a new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine that’s sure to rattle the minds of hypochondriacs, television-watching has been linked to eight leading causes of death, including cancer and heart disease.
“…compared to those who watched less than one hour per day, individuals who reported watching 3-4 hours of television watching per day were 15% more likely to die from any cause; those who watched 7 or more hours were 47% more likely to die over the study period.”
“Any cause” seems a bit broad, no? Anyway, what does this mean for those of us who binge-watched all of season one of Daredevil in a weekend, or were glued to our screens while catching up on Game of Thrones? Are we doomed? Perpetually. But more research is still required, according to Dr. Sarah Keadle, the study’s lead investigator.
Dr. Keadle cautioned that although each of the associations observed have plausible biological mechanisms, several associations are being reported for the first time and additional research is needed to replicate these findings and to understand the associations more completely. “Our study has generated new clues about the role of sedentary behavior and health and we hope that it will spur additional research.”
Research away, Doc. Meanwhile, it seems like the list of daily activities that cause cancer continues to grow. How about a study on the effects of realizing that you can’t eat a meat lovers pizza off your belly while marathoning Friends reruns on Netflix on a Saturday? Pretty sure the sads that come from that might also cause cancer or plump liver or whatever.