Television has officially joined the ranks of things we love that are slowly killing us. According to a recent study, there is a strong correlation between the amount of time an individual spends watching TV each day and their risk of early death. However, before you go ahead and cancel your cable subscription, it’s important to note that like most activities, watching TV can be perfectly healthy if done in moderation.

For the study, currently published in the online journal American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the National Cancer Institute studied over 221,000 individuals aged 50 to 71 years old in order to investigate the health risks of watching television. None of the individuals involved in the study had  any type of chronic disease at the time of entering the project, and factors such as calorie and alcohol intake, smoking, and general health status were also taken into account prior to the investigation.

After an average follow-up of 14 years, the researchers observed that participants who watched three to four hours of television per day were 15 percent more likely to die from any type of cancer than individuals who watched less than one hour per day. Those who watched seven or more hours of television were 47 percent more likely to have died over the course of the study.

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