Reviewed by Michael Smith on December 29, 2017


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SPEAKER: Who doesn't love a good TV binge? It's fine once in awhile, but it can hurt your health if you make it a habit. If you're watching a lot of television and not getting much exercise, it may dull your thinking skills over the years.

Too much tube time on the couch and too little physical activity also raises your odds of having health conditions like diabetes, depression, obesity, and heart disease. Binging on TV can steal your sleep too. That not only makes you grouchier, it may also hurt how well you do at work or school.

So binge watch wisely. Save it for a once in a blue moon treat. Take breaks between episodes to get up and move around. Have healthy snacks on hand instead of junk food. And turn off the television at least half an hour before you go to bed.