TV time linked to depression in women

TV ADDICTS are more prone to depression, according to a US study of 50,000 women, of whom 6500 developed the condition.

Women who, in 1992, said they watched TV for 21 hours or more per week had a 13% increased risk of becoming depressed over the next 10 years compared to those who tuned in for less than one hour weekly.

Those whose physical activity exceeded 90 minutes per day also had a 20% reduced risk, compared to those who were active for less than 10 minutes daily.

Am J Epidemiol 2011, online 7 Oct