I just read in Prevention magazine that the average number of hours per month the average American spends watching TV is...151 !! Wow! I was feeling like I watched a little too much TV this weekend (it was raining), but I can not imagine watching FIVE hours of TV every day (assuming daily) as a normal routine. This does not include all of the screen time that people spend looking at computers or other electronic devices when they are at home or work. No wonder many people have time fitting exercise or cooking dinner into their schedule (sorry to sound so critical, but I just couldn't believe the number for TV alone was 5 hours/day on average. I think I watched 3 shows in a row on Saturday...and hour and a half...and had to do something else because I felt my eyes straining).
With the number "151 hours" in mind, did you know that:
-If you watch 60 hours or TV per month (2 hours/day, if daily): this is associated with a 23% higher risk of obesity and 14% higher risk of diabetes.
According to the JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association), the MAXIMUM number of hours per month of TV watching for IDEAL HEALTH is: 30.
Can you watch "only" 30 hours of TV, if it means lowering your risks of diabetes and overweight/obesity?
I would love to know:
Do you watch 5 hours of TV every day, or average 151 per month?
If no, do you watch less or more? When and why do you watch TV?
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