Add potential death to the growing list of reasons why sitting in front of the TV all day isn’t good for you.
According to a new study conducted by a team of Japanese scientists, binge watching TV for hours increases a person’s risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs.
The researchers analyzed the TV tendencies of 86,000 people between 1988 and 1990, keeping tabs on their health over the next 19 years. For every two hours of TV taken in a day, the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) skyrocketed by 40%. An excess of five hours of TV watching per day more than doubled the chance of death than those watching under two and half hours.
PE is characterized as a blockage in blood vessels in the legs, which eventually works its way up to the lungs. The condition has also been linked to slow movement.
The scientists are now cautioning against those classic, long Netflix or TV sessions where you’re rifling through an entire season in one sitting.
“Nowadays, with online video streaming, the term ‘binge-watching’ to describe viewing multiple episodes of television programmes in one sitting has become popular,” said Dr. Toru Shirakawa from Osaka University, who co-authored the study.
“This popularity may reflect a rapidly growing habit.”
Amazingly, the study was completed before mobile devices or streaming services became popular – so we can only wonder how much more sedentary the average person has become.
To help negate the effects of too much TV, the researchers recommend getting up and walking every hour – or getting in some quality Pokemon Go time.