How Much TV Can You Watch Without Risking Heart Disease?

One in ten cases of heart disease could be avoided if Brits watched less TV, a study has found.

Sitting in front of the TV keeps people from burning calories at dinner and means they’re likely to scoff at unhealthy snacking.

Too much TV can lead to heart problems


Too much TV can lead to heart problems

A Cambridge University study estimates that 11 percent of coronary artery disease cases could be prevented by limiting television viewing to less than an hour a day.

But we watched an average of 4½ hours a day during the 2020 Covid crisis, according to Ofcom.

The study found that watching four hours or more of television daily led to the highest risk of disease.

Chloe MacArthur of the British Heart Foundation said: “If you’re tempted to watch another episode, try to get up and stretch or go for an evening walk instead.”

She added, “Skipping late-night snacks and making sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet can also give your heart health a boost.”

Heart disease causes around 64,000 deaths a year in the UK.

Smoking, high blood pressure or cholesterol and diabetes can also ruin the arteries. How Much TV Can You Watch Without Risking Heart Disease?

Sarah Y. Kim

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