Shocking statistics show how much time we spend watching TV

STARTLING Australian Bureau of Statistics data has revealed Australians spend one month a year sitting watching TV.

The survey revealed adults spent on average four hours per day doing sedentary leisure activities such as watching television, compared with only half an hour of physical activity, which equated to men and women spending more than two months each year on sedentary leisure activities - 65 days for men and 61 for women.

ABS spokesman Dr Paul Jelfs said the 2011-12 data revealed a tendency for high levels of sedentary behaviour across the adult population.

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"Australian adults spent an average of 13 hours a week watching TV," he said.

"While males and females spent a similar number of hours sitting to watch TV, males spent around 45 minutes more per week using the computer and 40 minutes more playing electronic games."

Dr Jelfs said one in three workers spent at least three-quarters of their time at work sitting.

"Managers, professionals spent an average of 22-23 hours per week sitting compared to less than four hours for labourers."

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