American researchers have found that excessive obsession with watching TV threatens people with rapid weight gain. Scientists published the results of their research in a specialized publication BMC Public Health.
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It is reported that the study involved about 450 people, whose average age was 44 years. Most of the subjects were women. First, scientists interviewed volunteers, finding out how much time they spend each day in front of a TV screen, and also asked how often respondents play sports. In addition, during the study, experts tried to record the level of stress and depressive symptoms, the amount of vegetables and fruits consumed daily, and a number of other factors.
As it turned out, on average, study participants spend more than 19 hours a week watching TV. Among other things, over 60% of them called themselves physically inactive people, admitting that they practically do not play sports.
In inactive people, scientists have found that every extra hour of watching TV per week leads to an increase in body fat by about 1%. But for those participants who did not give up physical activity and continued to play sports, scientists did not find any connection between fat mass and the time spent watching TV.