Australian Research has found a link between watching television and ill health, finding that each hour of TV per a day that people watch increases their overall risk of dying form all causes by 11 per cent.

The study, published in the journal Circulation, also found that the additional hour increases the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease by 18 per cent.

The study examined 8,800 people for more then six years, controlling for other risk factors such as smoking, diet and obesity.

Professor David Dunstan, lead author of the study, explained the results. “The human body was designed to move, not sit for extended periods of time,” he said.

“But technological, social and economic changes mean that people don’t move their muscles as much as they used to. For many people, on a daily basis they simply shift from one chair to another.”

The study also found that people who watch TV for more then four hours a day are 80 per cent more likely to die from heart disease compared to someone who only watches 2 hours per day, and 46 per cent more likely to die from all causes.

Professor Dunstan offered an easy solution: “Move more, more often.”

The article can be found at Circulation.

Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.