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Watching the World Cup on TV could cause heart disease

Published on 25/06/2010
With millions of football fans across the country glued to their TV sets for the World Cup, researchers have issued a warning over the bad effects on health too much time spent in front of the box can have.

Scientists at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge have found that every hour a day spent in front of the television multiplies the risk of death from heart disease by a factor of seven per cent.

The team studied the health records and viewing habits of 13,197 middle-aged people over a ten year period. During this time, 373 participants died from heart disease.

Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers' analysis shows that around eight per cent of these deaths - 30 people - could have been avoided by reducing TV viewing hours from the national average of four to just one a day.

"Our bodies are not designed to sit for long periods and we should be aware that, as we put in the TV hours watching the World Cup, our risk of heart disease is probably increasing," said Katrien Wijndaele, co-author of the study.

An estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 World Cup held in Germany between France and Italy.
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