The deaths were caused by spending too much time being sedentary, right?
Researchers then compared the risk of death with time spent in other sedentary activities, such as sitting at a desk. The odd part? No link was found between early death and any of the other common sedentary activities.
So, what caused the premature deaths???
Gonzalez said even the researchers were skeptical about their findings, and began asking additional questions: were the results affected by people who were eating unhealthy snacks while watching TV? What about weight gain? What about increasing age? In an attempt to better understand the results, researchers adjusted their findings and eliminated these factors, but the results only grew stronger and stronger and stronger.
It’s important to note that while this is not the first study to find a link between TV time and premature death, this new research does not prove that prolonged TV watching leads to an early death – it just found a strong connection between the two.
“For me, the major take-home message is to avoid spending many continuous hours watching television, to limit the time to one or at most two hours a day,” Gonzalez said.