New research conducted by medical experts in Scotland has found that limiting TV viewing to two hours daily could prevent poor health and limit the risk of death.
Researchers in the latest study stated that the health risks associated with screen time, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, were at their lowest if daily screen time was two hours or less.
To make their research, which was published by the University of Glasgow, the experts followed about 500,000 of their participants aged 37 and 73 over a 12-year period between 2006 and 2018.
They determined that, if all participants limited screen time to two hours every day, potentially 5.62 percent of all deaths and 7.97 percent of deaths from cardiovascular disease could’ve been delayed.
Examining the benefits of substituting TV time with healthier activities, the study found that people who would benefit are those who spend small amounts of the day doing those healthier activities.
Hamish Foster, the lead author of the study, said the findings only backed the current evidence that watching too much TV and living a sedentary lifestyle more generally could lead to poor health.
“Our study suggests limiting TV time could delay or prevent adverse health. However, there is more work to be done before we can make firm TV time recommendations,” BBC quoted him as saying.
Noting that further research is needed to understand all factors that come to play, Forster also attributed unhealthy snacking and low socioeconomic status to both TV time and poor health.