This week's New Photo of the Week is "Apaga la Tele" by Iris Howorth. The English translation of "Apaga la tele, vive tu vida" is "Turn off the TV, live your life."
I love the message, not only because it's a call to get outside and experience life, but also because it speaks to the unhealthy outcomes of watching too much TV. Watching two to three hours or more of TV each day may increase your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and death overall, according to a Journal of the American Medical Associationstudy published last month.
The average American watches four hours of television per day (28 hours per week!). This equates to about two months of non-stop TV watching per year, or nine years of TV watching in a 65-year life. A 2007 Economist studycomparing TV viewing in different countries found that the US watched more than twice as much TV as 16 of the 17 other countries in the study. Because "Apaga la Tele" was taken in Chile, I tried to find data on the amount of TV viewing among Chileans, but to no avail. If any of you has this information, please post it as a comment below!
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