Saturday, February 19, 2005

Television Kills, Says German Professor

Television Kills, Says German Professor

Television is responsible for the deaths of 20,000 Germans a year, according to a professor of psychiatry.

Professor Manfred Spitzer, a neuroscientist at the University of Ulm, says he has found a direct correlation between watching excessive amounts of television and death caused by obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes...

...In a book published yesterday, Beware of the TV Screen, Prof Spitzer also quantifies the damage television inflicts on the mind. "Children who watch TV have narrow horizons," he said.

He told The Telegraph: "It reduces the plasticity of their brains which remain unstimulated and fail to develop properly...