Too much TV increases obesity and diabetes in women

April 9, 2003 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Too much TV increases obesity and diabetes in women

Women who are glued to the television are also likely to watch their waistlines expand, Harvard researchers say. What's more, some of these women may go on to develop type 2 diabetes.

In the study, the Harvard team looked at more than 50,000 women participating in the Nurses' Health Study, a long-running project begun in 1976 to follow the health of female nurses across the U.S. The researchers tracked the new cases of obesity and type 2 diabetes over six years, from 1992 to 1998. By the end of this period, 3,757 women (7.5 percent) had become obese, and more than 1,500 had developed type 2 diabetes.

After accounting for exercise, diet, smoking and age -- factors that increase the risk of obesity and diabetes -- the team found that each two-hour-per-day increment of TV watching was associated with a 23% increase in obesity risk and a 14% increase in diabetes risk.

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