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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Heart and other Health Risks of Computer or TV

According to the finding of a recent research which was published just in the second week of January, 2011 at the University College London people who are on computers or watch television for four or more hours a day are 125% more likely to suffer a major heart problem, often leading to death, compared to those who spend two hours or less in front of computer or TV. Excessive sitting in front of computer or TV not only increases risk of heart attack but, according to the same research, it increases as much as by 48% deaths from any cause.


According to the researchers, inflammation and metabolic problems caused by long periods of inactivity could be to blame for the increased risks รข€” prolonged sitting could cause a 90% reduction in a vital enzyme, lipoprotein lipase, that helps prevent heart disease.

So, how can one avoid such risks?

The most worrisome aspect of this is that even exercise can not make up for the damage caused.

However, we could do the following:

1. We should, of course, reduce, as much as possible our time in front of computer and TV. Those whose job entails working on computers may, perhaps, not do much about it. But those who play games on computer, use social media excessively (and post such inane comments hourly), or are glued to TV, may, certainly, do something about it.
2. Take short breaks for just standing up or walking to the water/coffee machin every 20-30 minutes.
3. Redesign the workplace and home environments so that working on computer, TV watching and other long periods of time during the workday that currently are strictly sedentary may turn into a mixture of sitting, standing and light intensity activity.

4. If possible, and Governments all around the world should consider some such measure, computers and TVs should have appropriate health warnings. This could be done easily as the start up screen could show such warnings/suggestions.