It’s probably not news to many, but new research confirmed the impact of watching too much television to a person’s weight.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health conducted a 15-year study to investigate the effect of TV watching to the risk of obesity. More than 3,200 adults took part in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, which started in 1990 and was monitored and evaluated for fifteen years. The study required participants to have their waistlines measured, their body mass indices determined every 5 years, and their TV viewing habits declared.
The team correctly predicted that spending too much time in front of the TV will result to a higher risk of obesity. However, what surprised the researchers was that the likelihood was observed in young adults and not in middle-aged people. “This suggests that middle-aged adults may differ from young adults in how they respond to the influence of TV viewing,” said study lead author Dr. Anthony Fabio in a news report.
Although the study did not look into the reasons behind the link between TV viewing and obesity, the researchers believe that this may be due to many reasons, some of which include snacking while watching TV, and better food choices by middle-aged persons.
The proponents believe that their study will bear significance on global health. “Television viewing and obesity are both highly prevalent in many populations around the world… This means that even small reductions in television viewing could lead to vast public health improvements. Reducing sedentary time should be a healthy lifestyle guideline heavily promoted to the public,” Fabio said further.
The study was published in the journal SAGE Open.