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Six Reasons Why Watching TV Excessively Is Bad For Your Health

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Six Reasons Why Watching TV Excessively Is Bad For Your Health

Several people all over the world have become addictive to watching the television. It is critical to sit back and look at the health effects of TV on your life.

You will discover that you need to minimize the number of hours you spend with your remote switching from one channel to another.

Here are some reasons why watching TV can be extremely bad for your health.

1. Risk Being Obese and Diabetic

A close survey of individuals who spend a lot of time on TV showed that they eat a lot of junk food. You may find yourself taking in a lot of fat that is not good for your health.

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You will rarely come across a TV lover who has the time to prepare a balanced diet. You would rather use that time to sit in front of your screen. To make matters worse, you don’t have time for workouts.

It implies that you consume a lot of fatty foods and take no initiative to burn the excess. You will agree with me that TV lovers have a high exposure to obesity than other people.

A mix of junk foods with the lack of workouts increases your chances of becoming obese and diabetic. Some recent survey reveals that every four hours you spend on your TV increases your chances of getting diabetic by 3.4 percent.

Andrea Kriska, an epidemiologist in his research, focused on tracking TV watching to the time individuals spend sitting. He did not bother with what the people were watching, but the time people devote to watching TV.

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In his findings, the more time you spend on TV, the more you increase your chances of getting diabetic.

2. Leads to Premature Deaths

A study of young people revealed that watching lots of Television resulted in premature deaths. The research that was published in the American Heart Association Journal states that individuals who watch TV for more than three hours a day had a higher risk of dying during the following eight years follow-up.

People who watched the TV for less than one hour a day had higher chances of staying more years. It’s advisable to watch less TV if you want to live longer.

3. TV Denies you sleep

As a human being, your body requires enough sleep and rest. Over-concentration on TV denies your body the chance to unwind by cutting into your precious sleep time. You may end up being fatigued and stressed for the better part of the day.

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In fact, it’s advisable to move your TV from the bedroom. You also need to discipline yourself when it comes to sleep time. You can develop more heath complications from fatigue.

4. It Can Lead to Increased Aggression

Kids always internalize everything they see on video games and TV. There is a close link between aggression, use of violent media and desensitization to violence. Exposure to violence affects children in different ways.

Children tend to accept violence as a result of pre-exposure through media. TV may make children grow as aggressive adults who are not good for the society.

5. TV Can Lead to Depression

There is a lot of isolation and loneliness that comes with TV watching. Watching TV for a long time is harmful as it can lead to depression. Though there are sitcoms and different shows that can light up our mood, it’s different than what we generally think of.

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“Yes, maybe some would say that there is now too much drama in sitcoms and that isn’t what we watch them for,” reports TV Store Online.

Remember you will not have enough time to interact with people and share your issues out. It’s advisable to create time for friends if you want to eliminate some stresses in life.

6. Television Can Stunt the First Words of your Children

Television and modern technology such as Smartphones can be extremely terrible for your kids. Exposing your children to Television before they attain the age of 2 years affects their language development. According to David, L. Hill, parents should avoid entertaining their children using TV programs.

It is quite evident that watching TV for a long time is harmful to your health. It’s advisable to reduce the number of hours you spend on TV if you want to lead a long healthy life.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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