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“Prolonged TV viewing was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. Television viewing is the most commonly reported daily activity apart from working and sleeping in many populations around the world. On average, 40% of daily free time is occupied by TV viewing within several European countries1 and 50% in Australia. This corresponds to a daily TV viewing time of about 3.5 to 4.0 hours. In the United States, the average number of daily hours of TV viewing has recently been reported to be 5 hours.”
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association links TV watching to preventable diseases and causes of death. Given the increasing recognition of the connection between body and mind, and recent pushes to raise attendance rates in school, these findings deserve some consideration. The text is a little dense, but look over the report at: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=900893