While health experts suggest walking to work and avoiding fizzy drinks, they believe that TV encourages both overeating and inactivity.
SHAFAQNA– The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended television-free days to maintain a healthy weight.
The Institute has issued draft guidelines covering a range of health-related behaviors that aim to help people maintain a healthy weight and prevent excess weight gain.
The designed programs mainly centered on TV as well as other types of screen time, such as smartphones.
The guidance aims to help reduce risk of diseases associated with excess weight, especially obesity such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, liver disease.
The NICE draft recommends reducing TV viewing with strategies such as TV-free days or setting a limit of no more than two hours a day in front of the TV screen.
Cutting down on calorific foods, such as fried food, biscuits, sweets and full-fat cheese as well as adopting a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, beans and pulses, whole grains, fish and olive oil were also suggested in the draft guidance.
Earlier studies indicated that adopting a Mediterranean diet also long believed to protect individuals against cancer and depression.
“The general rule for maintaining a healthy weight is that energy intake through food and drink should not exceed energy output from daily activity,” said Prof Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE.
Source: Press TV