A moderate and high television viewing time appears to increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, especially in insufficiently active adults

In February 2019 researchers from Brazil and the USA published the results of their study to assess the association between sedentary behaviour and metabolic syndrome in adults. A total of 970 individuals were involved in the study. Information on television viewing and physical activity was collected via questionnaire, whilst evidence of the metabolic syndrome assessed via medical records. Results showed that moderate television viewing increased the risk of metabolic syndrome when compared with low television viewing. The combination of physical inactivity and high TV viewing also increased the likelihood of the individual having metabolic syndrome.

Lemes IR et al. Association of sedentary behavior and metabolic syndrome. Public Health. 2019 Feb;167:96-102.

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