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The Tube and Length of Life

Life expectancy reduced by TV viewing.

Every single hour of TV viewed after the age of 25 reduced, on average, the viewer's life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. Based on the amount of TV viewed in Australia in 2008, life expectancy at birth was reduced for men by 1.8 years and for women by 1.5 years. People who spend a lifetime average of 6 hours per day viewing TV can expect to live 4.8 years less when compared to those who do not watch TV.

PositiveTip: Instead of watching TV, get up and do some physical activity that will improve your health.

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Routine Helps Prevent Childhood Obesity

Lower pre-school obesity rates by 40% with three simple family routines.

A study of 8500  4-year-old children (representative of national demographics) has revealed that having three simple family routines will significantly lower obesity rates:

  1. family meals at least 5 evenings per week, 
  2. 10.5 hours or more of sleep on weeknights, and 
  3. 2 hours or less of screen time (TV and/or computer) per weekday.

Obesity rates varied significantly with the number of family routines. The more routines, the lower the rate of obesity. Families with all three routines had 40% lower obesity that those with none! (View graph.)