LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Almost everyone has their favorite TV show that they can't miss, but sometimes watching too much TV can be unhealthy.
Here are four reasons to turn the TV off from Yahoo! Health.
1. TV is bad for your heart - The European Heart Journal published a study that shows people who own a television and a car tend to be at 27 percent increased risk for heart attack. With a TV and a car, you are sitting for hours on end being sedentary, not helping your heart health at all.
2. TV is linked to bad eating habits - A survey published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed a link between watching a lot of TV and unhealthy eating habits. The survey asked 12,000 students in grades 5 to 10. They found that TV watching is associated with unhealthy snacking while watching and unhealthy eating at all times. Limit TV time for you and your kids and stock up on healthy snacks like fruits and veggies.
3. Background TV has a negative impact on learning - American children are being exposed to background TV for nearly four hours a day, that's according to research from the International Communication Association. The background noise has a negative impact on learning. For example it seems to diminish reading ability.
4. There are so many other fun things to do than watch TV - When you don't watch TV, you are benefiting your health and opening up extra time to enjoy fun activities. Go outside, ride your bike, go for a walk, walk your dog, read a book, cook as a family, spend time in your community; there are hundreds of things you can do to stay healthy and not park it in front of the TV for hours on end.
(Source: Yahoo! Health)