TV Watching Is Worse for Your Heart Than Sitting at Work, Study Finds

Some kinds of sitting around are worse for your heart than others, at least according to a new study out The findings suggest that watching more hours of TV a day can raise your risk of eventual heart disease and early death. At the same time, more sitting at work might not have any apparent negative effect on your heart health.

TV Watching Is Worse for Your Heart Than Sitting at Work, Study Finds

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This disparity is even more egregious given that African Americans are more likely to develop and die from heart disease. “African Americans have a 30 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease compared to whites,” lead author Keith Diaz, an exercise physiologist and assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, told Gizmodo in an email. “So the goal of our study was to determine if TV watching or workplace sitting are possible behaviors that should be targeted for lowering their risk of heart disease.

Another implication of the study is that even people who spend long hours sitting at work, like truck drivers, office workers, or pug-obsessed reporters, aren’t necessarily doomed to one day come down with heart issues. “Focusing on reducing sitting time outside of work hours and replacing it with physical activity will still provide them with important health benefits,” Diaz added.

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