Six hours of TV a day can cut life expectancy by nearly five years, research says.

This article titled “Too much television may shorten your life” was written by Alison Rourke in Sydney, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 16th August 2011 10.14 UTC

Watching too much television could shorten your life, a study suggests. Research carried out in Australia, and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that every hour of TV watched after the age of 25 may shorten lifespan by 22 minutes.

According to one of the report's authors, Dr Lennert Veerman, from the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, it puts long hours spent in front of the box “in the same ballpark as smoking and obesity”. “While smoking rates are declining, watching TV is not, which has implications at a population level,” he said.

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