There are two main problems with watching TV (other than the fact that Oprah has left the building): First, the average American watches more than four hours a day, which means one-sixth of our day is spent sitting on our bums while staring the bums of Kim Kardashian, the Biggest Losers or Dr. Phil (ew). Second, we tend to engage in mindless eating while doing so. And now scientists have put two and two together to give us a third reason to hate TV: It’s cutting our lives short.
According to a new report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, every hour spent watching TV reduces our life expectancy by almost 22 minutes. So watching for four hours a day could have you meeting your untimely demise several years earlier; watch up to six hours a day and you could cut your life short by five years.
As if that’s not reason enough to ditch your addiction to Dexter or Weeds, the research also claims that a sedentary lifestyle associated with watching too much TV is as bad for your health as smoking (which has been shown to reduce life expectancy by 11 minutes for every cigarette smoked).
Damn, just when the final season of Desperate Housewives is about to begin.