(NaturalNews) Extremely shocking information has recently been revealed in a new report released by the University of Queensland. According to the report, a person reduces his lifespan by 22 minutes for every hour spent watching television. That adds up to a staggering total of 5 years if 6 hours were spent in front of the tube on a daily basis. It seems that watching TV could be as hazardous to health as smoking or being overweight.
Experts from the University of Queensland, Australia, write: "TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as 22 minutes."
Watching TV is one of the most common and popular "activities" today. Due to the extreme prevalence behind TV viewing, the effects it has on overall population can't be overlooked. It is only in today's time period where anyone can easily find a TV in nearly every room in any house. They are no longer items simply for the family room.
Australian and American guidelines suggest that kids spend no more than 2 hours a day in front of a TV. With this new proven information, it is also recommended that parents limit their time in front of television sets. Not only does it lengthen the lifespan of adults, but it also has a positive influence on children, communicating that TV is not an item which should be focused on.
Today is a highly technological age. Before these massive advancements, kids and adults alike would be more physically active outside for many hours of the day. Problems stemming from cell phones, televisions, and microwaves weren't always an issue, and until recently there hasn't been cold, hard evidence demonstrating how harmful such technology can really be on overall health.
People make conscious health choices to not smoke or to eat healthy. This new report puts forth another choice people must make -- to avoid excessive television watching. The information is now there and readily available to be utilized by health-conscious individuals worldwide. TV is not only a highly popular household item, but for many families it is also a daily ritual. Now that the life-shortening effects of television have been highlighted, people must make a conscious decision to make a change.
Anthony Gucciardi is a health activist and wellness researcher, whose goal is centered around educating the general public as to how they may obtain optimum health. He has authored countless articles highlighting the benefits of natural health, as well as exposing the pharmaceutical industry. Anthony is the creator of Natural Society (http://www.NaturalSociety.com), a natural health website. Anthony has been accurately interpreting national and international events for years within his numerous political articles. Anthony's articles have been seen by millions around the world, and hosted on multiple top news websites.