Breaking News: "The next generation will have eyeballs as big as oranges and no brain whatsoever!" Well, maybe I'm stretching it just a little, but now that I've got your attention, new research reports adults who watch three or more hours of TV a day may double their risk of premature death.

Everyone knows being a 'couch potato' is unhealthy. That's the bottom line of the report. Not getting your heart pumping through some activity or exercise may contribute to an early death! Prolonged sitting is known to be a factor in premature death. The American Heart Association recommends we get at least an hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week.

The average person burns about 75 calories an hour watching TV, about the same you burn while sleeping. As for watching too much TV causing early death, just remember the wisdom of Erma Bombeck, "If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead!"

[Time Magazine]