Recent research has shown that the pattern of television
viewing during teenage predicts the risk for metabolic syndrome developing
during later years.
researchers from the Umeċ University, in collaboration with their colleagues
in Melbourne, Australia, have found that television viewing and lack of
exercise at age 16 is associated with the risk of developing metabolic syndrome
at 43 years of age.
syndrome is a disorder characterized by abdominal obesity, hypertension,
elevated blood lipids, and impaired glucose tolerance. This condition puts a
person at a very high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular
disease and stroke.
has always been acknowledged that low physical activity is linked to metabolic
disorder. Now, it has been proposed that low leisure time activity such as
extended hours of watching TV, especially within the ages of 16-43, increases
the risk for metabolic syndrome and this has nothing to do with a person's
other exercise or physical activity. And the shocker is that the sedentary
lifestyle of a teenager is expected to put him at a much greater risk for
lifestyle diseases at a later age.
study was carried out on 888 participants belonging to northern Sweden who were
followed from 1981, when they were yet in their ninth grade, until the year
author, Patrik Wennberg of the Department of Public Health and Clinical
Medicine, Umeċ University says that the results of this study should motivate
us to adopt means to reduce sedentary lifestyle among teenagers in general and
not focus on fitness and sports activity only in those who are already
results of this study have been published in the journal Diabetes Care