Good Health Tips

We’ve all heard the nagging words of our mothers saying “Don’t sit to close to the TV, you’ll hurt your eyes!”. But what if mom was right?

Watching television can be extremely harmful to your health. Maybe your thinking “I only watch a few hours at night”. Well, your health is at risk too.

Even just a few hours of watching TV can put you at risk for these 5 health issues:

1. Type 2 Diabetes: 26 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes puts you at risk for heart attack and stroke. Causes of diabetes include:

  • Being Overwieght
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Poor Diet
  • Family History

According to Yahoo Health’s article on 5 Ways TV Can Hurt Your Health, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) did a study on 175,938 people and discovered “two hours of TV viewing daily ups risk by 20 percent”.

JAMA also said “those who shed 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) and exercised 150 minutes per week trimmed risk of progressing to full-blown diabetes by 58 percent”.

2. Cardiovascular Disease: Includes “heart attacks, high blood pressure, angina (chest pain due to reduced blood supply to the heart), stroke and heart failure”.

A study found  the more screen exposure kids get, the higher the risk that arteries in their eyes will narrow, which could mean CVD later in life”.


  • Avoid Smoking
  • Exercise everyday for at least 30 mins
  • Check Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
  • Healthy Weight
  • Reduce Stress

3. Sleep Deprivation: Watching TV at night can cause you to lose a lot of needed sleep. The bright lights from the TV cause your brain to stay alert, when what it really need to do is start slowing down. Sleep deprivation can cause:

  • Obesity
  • Heart Attacks
  • Car Accidents

Turn off the TV an hour before bedtime. Now you can finally get around to reading that book…

4. Nearsightedness in Children: 1.6 billion people are nearsighted. According to JAMA, “rates are highest in countries where kids watch the most TV and play computer games instead of playing outdoors”.

Kids need to play outdoors for at least 2 hours a day. Allowing their eyes to focus on things in the distance can decrease their chances of nearsightedness.

5. Mortality: Being a couch potato can boost your risk of death. Your body was made for so much more than sitting on a couch cushion all day. It needs exercise and good food to keep it going strong.

For the article on Yahoo, click here { }


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