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Excess TV Time Linked to Early Death

2 Hours a Day Raises Heart, Diabetes Risk

TV Watching Promotes Poor Diet continued...

But he adds that the study was limited by the fact that the researchers were unable to assess the impact of diet and exercise on risk.

Zonszein and Hu agree that efforts to convince Americans to limit their TV screen time should start with children. Hu says even though no more than two hours of TV a day is recommended (and none for children under age 2), the average child in the U.S. watches four or five hours of TV a day, just like their parents.

“TV watching has been linked to childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome in children,” Hu says. “It stands to reason that excess screen time can set them up for poor health and early death as adults.”

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