There’s nothing like relaxing in front of your favorite show to decompress after a long day.
In fact, most Americans – not counting kids – watch an average of five hours of the boob tube every day.
That includes Netflix, live TV, and shows we’ve recorded on the DVR.
In other words, any entertainment watched on a television.
And because of options like Netflix “binge-watching” is now even a thing. That’s when you just can’t resist watching EVERY episode of a good show. So you settle in for hours upon hours of one long TV-fest.
And that’s why this new study is so scary. Especially for men.
Because new research reveals how watching too much TV can send your risk of a deadly threat skyrocketing.
Doing THIS could raise your colorectal cancer risk by 35%
If you’re a guy and you watch more than four hours of television a day this warning is for you.
A recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer found this one habit could raise your risk of colorectal cancer by a whopping 35 percent.
But not women. Why?
Well researchers theorize that men are more likely to indulge in other harmful habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and snacking on junk food while watching TV. ALL of which increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Don’t watch TV until you read THIS
Don’t worry, if you’re a die-hard TV fan, you don’t need to switch off the set quite yet.
Instead, dump the chips, chocolate, and other junk you gobble down while sitting in front of the TV. And while you’re at it drop the smokes and cut back on the booze, too.
Because those habits are probably the REAL culprits… and your TV is just taking the blame.
After all, scientists say the same colorectal cancer link isn’t there when you look at computer use. We park ourselves in front of our computers too. But we don’t usually binge on junk food when we’re surfing the web.
3 MORE simple ways to slash colorectal cancer risk
But those aren’t the only ways you can make to reduce your risk. No matter whether you’re a man of a woman the following three changes could slash your risk of colorectal cancer…
1. Drop those extra pounds:
Whether you’re a man or a woman, your risk of colorectal cancer shoots through the roof if you’re overweight or obese.
To slash your risk, consider making small lifestyle changes to lose weight. Those crazy lose-20-pounds-in-2-days diets are usually a set up for failure. Slow and steady weight loss is typically easier to keep off.
Try simple things like limiting your desserts to just certain days of the week. Or measuring out servings of your favorite snacks rather than eating out of the bag. And switch out high-calorie junk foods for healthier alternatives that still satisfy – like eating a baked apple instead of apple pie.
2. Pile on the produce:
Piling your plate full of produce is a double-win. It can help you fill up faster, so you lose weight. And it can slash your risk of colorectal cancer.
Eating lots of fruits and veggies is associated with a lower risk of colon and rectal cancers. The fiber and nutrients in produce work together to help prevent this type of cancer.
Even if you aren’t a huge vegetable fan, there are bound to be some that you don’t hate. Experiment to figure out what they are… and how you like them fixed… and then eat more of THOSE. The same thing goes for fruit.
3. Move your butt more:
Being sedentary is also a significant risk factor for colorectal cancer. And of course, watching TV is all about lounging on the couch or in your favorite chair… not doing jumping jacks.
So this solution couldn’t be simpler. Get moving!
First, make a list of activities you enjoy. Who says you have to join a gym? ANYTHING where you move counts. Including golf (skip the cart), tennis, swimming, skiing… heck, even square-dancing counts.
The key is finding something active you’ll actually do on a regular basis and then doing it. And, if you do love the gym, get in there.
The good news is, if you swap some of that TV time for exercise, your risk of colon cancer plummets by almost 25 percent.
It turns out those guys who watch ESPN while they’re on the treadmill at the gym are actually on to something.