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Will Watching Too Much TV Give You an Embolism?

According to a study published today in the journal Circulation, it can increase your risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. Sitting for long periods at a time is a risk factor for this type of dangerous clot, also known as a pulmonary embolism.

Source: Health.com

In what will probably come as a shock to no one, there's a study suggesting that people who watch too much TV are at a higher risk of getting a blood clot—otherwise known as an embolism.

Given that we now have TV on-demand that we can stream through Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Sling, Roku, Juju, Pudu, and all the rest, binge-watching is now an acceptable thing. Like potato chips, you can't eat just one. You feel compelled to continue watching the next episode of your new favorite TV show (or even a show that you don't care much about) because your brain figures "one more couldn't hurt". After that episode is over, you start rationalizing why you should watch just one more episode before going to bed.

What a bunch of fat schlubs we've all become, huh?

Of course, the obvious thing is to get more exercise and to turn the stupid TV off entirely.

I decided to go to sleep over watching TV recently because—in my not-so-humble opinion—sleeping is way more productive than watching TV. There's a reason people have called it the "boob tube" and the "idiot box". It's because TV is a very passive activity—both mentally and physically.

Written by Tyler Small on Thursday, August 18, 2016