Turn It Off: Study Finds TV-Watching Linked to Higher Risk of Later Mobility Disability in Older Adults

Turn It Off: Study Finds TV-Watching Linked to Higher Risk of Later Mobility Disability in Older Adults

"Sitting and watching TV for long periods, especially in the evening, has got to be one of the most dangerous things that older people can do"

In brief:

  • Study compared survey responses of 134,000 adults, aged 50-71, who were asked about sedentary behavior and physical activity (PA) once in 1995-1996 and again in 2004-2005
  • All participants in the first survey reported no mobility disability; by the 2004-2005 survey, mobility disability was reported at a higher rate among participants with high amounts of sedentary behavior and low amounts of weekly PA(mobility disability status was assigned whenever a respondent reported an inability to walk, or the ability to walk only at an "easy" pace)
  • Strongest association was with time spent watching TV, with mobility disability risk increasing with hours-per-day spent watching TV regardless of reported PA time
  • Respondents who spend more than 5 hours a day watching TV and fewer than 3 hours engaged in PA increased their risk of mobility disability by 65% over referent group

Older adults who choose to spend most of their time sitting and very little time being physically active risk sacrificing their mobility later on: that's the conclusion of a new study that says adults 50 to 71 who spend more than 5 hours a day watching television and fewer than 3 hours a week being physically active triple their chances of experiencing a mobility disability at some point in the future.

To learn more about this study please visit: http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2017/9/6/TVWatchingMobilityDisability/

 

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