Now Binge-Watching TV Will Apparently, Definitely, Kill You

By Gary Cutlack on at

Spending all day watching virtual box sets of things we haven't even got in the UK yet might give you a warm sense of superiority to the masses and their Coronation Street, but scientists are again warning that it might be a good idea to move your legs around a bit in the awkward pauses between one episode ending and another one starting.

The latest bit of research specifically looked at the likelihood of dying from a blood clot, or pulmonary embolism, forming and travelling to the lungs to kill you. That's more likely to happen the longer you stay sitting down says the data, which looked at the lives and lifestyles of 86,000 people from 1988 onwards -- and tracked their TV-watching habits and rates of conking out.

The awful findings say that there's a 40 per cent increase in deaths from blood clots for every additional two hours of TV watched per day above the base level of 2.5 hours, with incident rates a staggering 2.5 times higher in those who watched stuff while lounging about for more than five hours each day.

Drinking more water, getting up to stretch for five minutes every hour and generally losing weight may help fend off death before you even get to the final series of the fashionable binge-watch fodder of the week. [Eurekalert via Independent]

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