Turns out our parents are right! Binge watching Netflix and not eating breakfast is the reason behind our health issues, after all. A study linking these sedentary habits to blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and plaque build-up in arteries has been conducted and shows that it is not just weight gain which one should be worried about in situations of low or no exercise, it is the systematic health development of the body.
Out of the 2,000 people surveyed, it was found that people who watched more than 3 hours of T.V per day were 68% more susceptible to high blood pressure and 50% more likely to suffer from diabetes. In comparison to those who watch 1 or less hours of screens per week, they were also more likely to develop plaque build-up in the arteries. Therefore, they are more exposed to risks of heart strokes.
“These findings suggest a clear message to hit the ‘off’ button on your TV and abandon your sofa. Even activities of low energy expenditure, such as socializing with friends or housekeeping activities, may have a substantial benefit to your health compared to time spent sitting and watching TV” said lead researcher Sotirios Tsalamandris who is also a cardiologist at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece.
The research goes on to prove the importance of a heavy breakfast. Arterial health was also found to rely heavily on our breakfast pattern. 18% of people who eat the high energy breakfasts showed plaque in carotid arteries. This is in comparison to the 28% of people who leave breakfast and 26% who eat light. Similarly, it was found that only 8.7% of the sample size feels arterial stiffness, in opposition to 15% of people who skip breakfast and 9.5% who opt for a light meal.
As the old saying goes, have breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper!