Is binge-watching TV healthy?
Have you ever spent an entire weekend watching Orange Is the New Black or finally catching up on Breaking Bad? Turns out that 61 percent of TV streamers regularly engage in binge watching, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Netflix. The survey, which defined a binge as viewing between two to six episodes of a show in one sitting, found that a majority of people had positive feelings about their level of consumption. But some experts aren’t so sure binge-watching is a healthy habit for your brain or body. No cliffhangers here; read on to find out why you might want to savor (rather than devour) your new favorite show.
You increase your risk of major health issues.
Adults who watched more than three hours of TV a day doubled their risk of premature death compared to those who watched less, found researchers as reported in a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Sitting for long stretches of time increases your risk of health issues (including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer), even if you also exercise regularly. If you must binge, make it healthier by standing, stretching, and taking mini breaks for physical activity.