Turns Out That Binge-Watching Too Much Television Can Literally Kill You

Turns Out That Binge-Watching Too Much Television Can Literally Kill You

A person is only as strong as the streaming television service passwords they have saved in their phone. At least that’s what I tell myself every Sunday afternoon while I flip my Apple TV between Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Showtime. And in all honesty, I probably spend more time searching for something to watch than actually watching it, but as long as it distracts me from having one of my weekly ‘what am I doing with my life’ sessions, I’m fine with it.

Well, that is, until I found out my debilitating laziness could possibly kill me by way of a blood clot in my lungs. Yeah, shit just got real, didn’t it? All this time, I thought to myself, “I’m doing my body a favor by sitting here instead of possibly injuring myself by working out.” Turns out that even though I haven’t strained a muscle in over three years due to my severe lack of physical activity, my binge-watching could actually cause some long-term injuries that I wasn’t accounting for.

Per Elite Daily:

the report states that your binge-watching habits could increase the risk of dying from a blood clot in your lungs.

From 1988 to 1990, a group of Japanese researchers at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine explored the TV-watching habits of over 86,000 people aged 40 to 79.

Let’s just say if you’re watching five or more hours of TV on a daily basis, you’re twice as likely to die within the next 19 years. If you’re watching TV for less than two and a half hours on a daily basis, consider yourself safe.

Yeah, I see you sitting at your desk counting on your fingers how much time there is between when you cook dinner and when you pass out. And yeah, you’re freaking out right now because you go from sitting at your desk all day to sitting in front of your television, and your only reprieve is when you go out on weekends. And sit. At bars. Drinking. Luckily for all of us, only 59 recorded deaths out of the 86,000 surveyed were due to blood clots, but still.

One of the leading researchers had a simple suggestion for remedying this – “After an hour or so, stand up, stretch, walk around, or while you’re watching TV, tense and relax your leg muscles for five minutes.” – which you should read as, “Get your own ice-water instead of asking your girlfriend to do it for you.”

[via Elite Daily]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Editor at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram).

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