This week, turn off your television set and turn up the volume on your physical activity. From now until Sunday, it's officially National TV Turnoff Week, designed to help families get moving in the fight against childhood obesity. Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle isn't the only reason to avoid TV; too much tube can be harmful in more ways than one. Consider:
- People who watch more TV may be less happy in the long term.
- Watching TV while eating could make you consume more calories, and crime dramas are even worse in this respect.
- For every hour of TV watched daily, a preschooler's risk of being overweight increases by six percent — and a whopping 31 percent for kids with a TV in their rooms.
- Excessive TV watching by children has also been linked to hypertension.
- The average American watches more than four hours of TV a day, so why not help bring down the average?
- Turning off the TV in favor of reading or fitness saves energy and is better for the environment.