The danger could be even worse than is known – and is likely to increase as streaming services become popular, scientists suggest
Watching too much television might kill you, according to a new study.
The hours of inactivity that are required to watch a TV series can raise the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. For every extra two hours of TV watching per day, the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism was increased by 40 per cent, the researchers found. Watching five or more hours to TV series each day made people more than twice as likely to die than those watching less than 2.5 hours.
The actual risk might be even worse than the findings suggest, because of the number of deaths from the disease. And the danger is set to increase yet further as people binge-watch even more on streaming services.
he research has led scientists to warn that such habits – watching back-to-back episodes of a TV series – might be dangerous.
The new study, conducted in Japan, looked at the TV watching habits of more than 86,000 people, studying them over time. Researchers followed people who were aged between 40 and 79 between 1988 and 1990, and then followed them through a 19-year period.
In all, 59 deaths from pulmonary embolisms were recorded. Pulmonary embolism is a dangerous condition, which can be made worse by not moving around. It will often begin with a clot elsewhere in the body that can move towards the lungs, clogging up vessels and killing people. More than a quarter who suffer them without having treatment can die. Deaths are often sudden.