I don’t know about you, but there’s one place you’ll find me on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in autumn — and that’s about six feet from the TV, watching some football.
Now, I just read that this lifelong habit is supposed to put me six feet under.
Not because of a coronary caused by bad refs (did you see that Duke-Miami game???), but because apparently my TV is a stone-cold killer.
A new study finds that watching TV for roughly the length of a game — about three hours — will increase my risk of death from just about every possible disease on earth by 15 percent.
Supposedly, watching the game will give me heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver disease.
The study even claims that watching TV will cause you to die of flu or pneumonia!
Watch more TV? Then the risk is even higher — with seven hours or more increasing the risk of death from all of the above by 47 percent.
But the REAL problem isn’t the TV. There’s a lot of stupidity oozing out of the boob tube these days, but I don’t think there’s a TV in the world that can spread the flu virus or damage your liver.
No, the much bigger problem is what people do while they’re watching: Nothing at all… often with a bowl of chips at their side.
When you sit, sit, and sit some more — when you move about as much as the sofa itself — your metabolism slows to a crawl, exposing you to weight gain, immune system damage and a higher risk of deadly chronic disease.
So the REAL key to staying alive isn’t in tossing your TV out the window (although the calls in some of the games make me want to do just that).
It’s in watching the game the way I do: I’m up and down more often than a yo-yo!
With every big call and play, I’m of my seat, jumping up and down, pacing and generally driving my wife nuts.
I tell her to relax I’m just getting my exercise!
So don’t fear your TV. Just don’t become a primetime zombie with your rear parked in the seat for hours at a time with a bowl of chips at your side and you’ll be fine.