How does time spent watching TV impact heart health?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 1, 2022

How often do you watch TV? A new study suggests that spending too much time watching TV increases the risk for heart disease.

Study Summary

This study, which included data from 500,000 adults, concluded that:

  • Individuals who spent >4 hours watching TV daily had the highest risk of heart disease.
  • Compared to those who watched TV for >4 hours per day, those who watched TV for <1 hour a day, had a 16% lower risk for heart disease.
  • Researchers concluded that if TV time directly influences heart disease risk, then 11% of the cases of heart disease could be prevented if people limited their watch time to <1 hour of daily TV.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty, we believe that too much time spent being sedentary contributes to an overall increased risk for disease. This study adds to the growing body of literature in support of both being physically active as well as avoiding sedentary behavior. Need help implementing healthy behavior change? Reach out to your health coach.

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