Leading cause of death: Chris Matthews

Actually, it’s television in general.  But I’m sure he has something to do with it. Glenn Beck, too, for that matter.


No one ever claimed that watching TV was healthy, but doctors are only now discovering just how bad it can be.

Evidence from a spate of recent studies suggests that the more TV you watch, the more likely you are to develop a host of health problems and to die at an earlier age.

In a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers combined data from eight such studies and found that for every additional two hours people spend glued to the tube on a typical day, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases by 20% and their risk of heart disease increases by 15%.

And for every additional three hours the study participants spent in front of the TV, their risk of dying from any cause during the respective studies jumped 13%, on average.

“When put together, the findings are remarkably consistent across different studies and different populations,” says Frank Hu, M.D., a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, Massachusetts, who coauthored the analysis.

The increased risk of disease tied to TV watching “is similar to what you see with high cholesterol or blood pressure or smoking,” says Stephen Kopecky, M.D., a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the research. The new analysis, he adds, “elevates the importance of the sedentary lifestyle” as a risk factor.

Read more. (And I can’t help but be amused that the website of a TV network – CNN – is the one reporting this …)

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16 responses to “Leading cause of death: Chris Matthews”

  1. Deacon Greg:

    Chris Matthews? What does he have to do with the article? He’s on MSNBC. (Or are you being sarcastic.)

    [ 😀 Dcn. G.]

  2. No actually it is Chris Matthews. 😛

    Don’t forget being at a computer is just as stationary as at a TV.

    Get some exercise people. I good half hour to 45 minutes walk a day will do everyone wonders. Walking gets the blood moving without being overly strenuous on the heart and bones.

  3. Manny,

    Walking can be very injurious to the joints – particularly knees and ankles. I am a victim of the “walking is good for you” mantra who now needs knee surgery and has tendonistis in both ankles. The best exercise is actually swimming laps in a pool – no stress on the joints and uses the entire body.

  4. I’m sorry to hear that about you Katie. Yes, I agree swimming is best, but not everyone has access to a pool at a moments notice. Walking can hurt the joints if one is predisposed, but I think it’s not that bad for most. And it’s cheap and you can do it any time.

  5. I don’t think it’s the inactivity by itself. I think people are more likely to snack while being idly entertained. And they will likely snack on junk food, food high in sugar and other carbohydrates. So they sit there, getting little exercise, taking in more fructose, (which might be the #1 killer in the US today.) Check out Dr. Lustig’s video on youtube called Sugar: the bitter truth.

  6. Perhaps the correlation between hours of TV watching and higher death rates has an inverse causation. Maybe people who have been immobilized by illness (terminal cancer, e.g.) do not have the strength to exercise much, and watch TV during their waking hours.
    Of course, much mainstream TV programs tend to deaden the brain; maybe that causes the brain cells that trigger the heartbeat to shut off, causing death. Which is cause, which effect?

  7. I think it’s been mentioned already here but these findings seem a bit odd. Type 2 diabetes risk increases with poor diet and lack of excercise. It’s very likely that those watching so much TV are leading sedentary lifestyles and not getting proper excercise. They may even have poorer eating habits or be less concerned about their overall health.

    The problem I have with how this is presented is it seems to blame TV for risk of diabetes when if these same people replaced TV watching with sitting/lying stationary and reading books one could argue that reading books shortens your life expectancy…

    Leading an unhealthy lifestyle shortens your life expectency.

  8. Nothing good ever came out of Boston. Matthews, Kennedy’s, Cushing, Tip O’Neil, Priest Abuse Scandal, and Boston College. Sort of like the plagues!

  9. Tad:

    Chris Matthews is from Philadelphia. Why am I so sure? He went to high school at La Salle College High with my brother.

  10. Too bad GK Chesterton is not here to opine on all of this, I am sure his 300 lb frame would have something to say…

  11. I hope no one thinks that listening to the comedian Rush Limbaugh and his daily hate rant is healthy for our health or our soul.

  12. Deacon Kandra, Why is watching a Catholic like Chris Matthews bad for our health. Is it healthier for us to listen and watch the hate of Boehner??? Why is that you along with others on this blog enjoy stabbing it to Catholics that dont fit into your moral thought process????????

  13. Don from NH:


    I know a priest who grooves on Limbaugh and listens to him faithfully every day. I don’t get it.

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