It might be time to take the batteries out of the remote control after a new study released by the Journal of American Heart Association states that adults who regularly watch more than three or four hours of television put themselves at risk of an early death.

According to the very professional sounding Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, "Television viewing is a major sedentary behaviour and there is an increasing trend towards all types of sedentary behaviours. Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality."

The study focused on 13,284 university graduated people with an average age of 37, 60 per cent of them being women. Researchers catalogued the amount of time spent between the three most common sedentary activities - TV viewing, driving and time spent on a computer. These test cases were studied for an average of 8.2 years each and reported 97 deaths during that time, with the people who watched an average of three to four hours TV a day experiencing DOUBLE the risk of death than those who didn't.

So Heisenberg might get us after all. Damn.

(via EOnline)