We’ve all heard the saying “too much of anything is bad”. And this rings true in all facets of our lives, be it with sleep, work, food and even watching television. Television has changed drastically over the last decade, with the emergence of new technologies and streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and OSN to name a few, which has given rise to the phenomenon that is binge-watching. And whilst this might be the best thing to happen to TV fanatics out there, health professionals such as myself, worry about the hours of screen time replacing the time you would otherwise spend on fitness, sleep or being social and practising “good” eating habits, such as sitting around the dining table instead of on the couch.
In 2014, a survey conducted found that the UAE now tops the charts with the highest percentage of television viewers in the world, with 86 percent of people watching it at least once in the day. This does not bode well for a country with as much as 34.5% of its population classified as obese and 70.6% as overweight.