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Statistical nonsense…

Posted Jan 12 2010 12:00am

January 12, 2010 by Ron

Experts in Australia, investigating the lifestyle habits of 8,800 adults, found that each hour spent watching television daily was associated with an 11 per cent increased risk of death from all causes, a nine per cent increased risk of cancer death and an 18 per cent higher risk of dying as a result of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Which is valueless as it stands. These percentages are meaningless without the baseline figures.

For example, an adult Australian has a 34% risk of dying from CVD**, so an Aussie couch potato will have a 40.12% risk of dying from CVD after 1 hour. And you’d be dead after 8 hours TV watching!

Which just isn’t going to happen and shows how unreliable statistics like this can be.

** http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/Publishing.nsf/Content/chronic-cardio

It’s bullshit anyway. Watching TV may well make you wish for an early death, it’s so unremittingly crap, but it’s no more dangerous than settling down with a good book. Or sitting here writing about idiots.

What’s actually dangerous is an intensely sedentary lifestyle – it really doesn’t matter whether you’re watching TV, listening to the radio or, as I say, reading.

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