A recent article featured on Yahoo! titled 5 Ways TV Can Hurt Your Health by Lisa Collier Cool is far from cool.
Check out the opening paragraph,
Couch potatoes beware: Watching the tube for two to three hours a day or more is linked to higher risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and higher rates of early death from all causes, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The culprit is the couch potato lifestyle that frequently accompanies excessive viewing, the researchers report. With the average American logging five hours a day in front of the tube, sitting is replacing exercise.
Ms. Cool, your article targets a population that performs very specific activities. They are the following:
- Eating too much while watching TV
- Replacing TV for exercise
- Watching TV when people should be sleeping
- A bunch of stuff about being too close to the TV
When I’m up for work at 5:30am, out the door by 6:30am and not home until 4pm, I check emails and I’m out the door to the gym. While at the gym, I’m usually there for at least an hour doing cardio/weights.
I’m going to list the Top 5 Ways TV Can Improve Your Life.
- TV shows can provide a step back from the daily monotony
- TV with friends/family is a great way to spend a few minutes together laughing, talking and learning (so that’s what tuna tartare is?)
- TV in moderation, like anything else is perfectly normal, even if you’re watching two hour long shows you love a night
- Popular TV shows are great conversation starters for people at work. Jessica loves baseball? Good thing you saw the game last night
- Shows, similar to those on HGTV can inspire people to DO things. No crime committed there.
When TV gets in the way, there are serious consequences. Overeating issues? Stop eating at the couch. Eat regular meals throughout the day and make it a habit not to bring them to the TV. Everyone knows you’re not paying close attention to the amount you’re consuming when you’re occupied by MasterChef.
Ms. Cool, for those of us who use TV in our lives to enhance it, rather than harm it, give us a break. We don’t need the Journal of the American Medical Association to tell us too much sedentary action leads to obesity. And those who need to learn, your article isn’t something I’d categorize as an authoritative call to action to change behavior.
Up for work at 5am, check emails and head out for the day. That’s my plan for tomorrow. After the gym for an hour, I’m really looking forward to relaxing, and watching a bit of TV.