Couch potatoes, watch out! Every hour you spend with the 'idiot box' could be taking away 22 minutes of your life, a new Australian study says. Researchers say that watching TV could be shortening your life by 4.8 years. For every hour of TV watched by a person over 25, his life expectancy reduces by 22 minutes. TV viewing time may as risky as major chronic diseases such as passivity, smoking and obesity, the study reports. The study further claims that a sedentary lifestyle is as bad for health as are smoking and obesity, due to the dangers posed by inactivity and unhealthy eating.
The study was based on an average 6 hours viewing per day, compared to a no-TV person. Using data from the National Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, life-expectancy tables were generated, based on an average Australian's TV viewing habits.