Watching TV every day can damage health

January 28th, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 28 (ANI): Regular television watching could harm your health, a British report has suggested.

According to the British Social Attitudes report, only 43 per cent of those who said they were regular viewers claimed their health was excellent or very good.

In stark contrast, 59 per cent of 4,000 respondents who said they rarely watched TV rated themselves as healthy.

Also, only 54 per cent of daily TV viewers said they had joined a social or cultural group in the past year, compared with 66 per cent of those who watch less frequently.

In total, 91 per cent of the total adults questioned for comprehensive study admitted to switching their TV set on several times a week, with 74 per cent watching it every day, reports the Telegraph.

Alison Park, co-author of the study, said: “These findings don”t prove that a particular leisure activity causes ill-health or promotes civic engagement. But it is clear that our leisure choices are linked to our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as to the extent to which we are connected to others through things like voluntary groups.

“And it is notable that one leisure activity watching TV is negatively linked to many of these things. Efforts to promote different ways of spending our free time could well be beneficial.” (ANI)

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