People who watch two or more hours of TV a day are much more likely to have severe health problems than people who do not, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health that analyzed data from the past 30 years.
Too much TV is linked to:
- a 20 percent increase in diabetes
- a 15 percent increase in cardiovascular diseases
- a 13 percent increase in death by any cause.
A key reason is that TV time is often spent sitting and eating unhealthy food instead of exercising.
Replacing TV with other common activities can make a big difference to your health.
Use these suggestions from the National Institutes of Health to find ideas of what you can do instead of watching TV.