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Monday, May 6, 2003

Obesity, Diabetes & Television

I'm Dr. David Vastola and Patrick and I we thought we'd play a little game tonight - you're the patient and we're the doctor, is that OK with you? All right Miss Jones, it goes this way. Patrick and I, we've examined you and we've found two problems. You have obesity and you also have diabetes mellitus. But we have good news. We have found a link between the two, a common denominator. Let me show you what that link is.

Here's the link - that's right, television. A Harvard study of over 70,000 women for 10 years found that watching television is now absolutely linked to being overweight and diabetes mellitus. How does it relate? If you watch television more than three hours a day it will double the risk of being obese and also double your risk of having diabetes mellitus. How does this compare with other things such as walking briskly? If you walk briskly it will decrease the chances of developing obesity by about 20% and diabetes by about 30%.

So what the Harvard researchers did was take these women, decrease the television by one hour a day and made them walk briskly. Do you know what they found? The obesity decreased by 30% and the diabetes decreased by 40%. So now we have a link, the missing link between being overweight and diabetes mellitus. And I hate to say it because this is Fox television, but it is television. My advice to you? Just watch the Ten O'Clock News, or as much of Fox as you can, and avoid those other stations!

And I'm Dr. David Vastola and that's life.

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