It could increase inflammation in the body.
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After a long day at work and a tough workout, you might be in the habit of putting on (multiple episodes of) your favorite show as a way to unwind after dinner. But, “sitting, compared to regularly moving around, has been shown to lead to higher blood sugar and fat levels following a meal, which may be pro-inflammatory,” says lead study author Megan Grace, Ph.D., researcher at the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute in Australia. Moreover, exercise won't necessarily offset the risks. “This suggests there are other factors associated with TV viewing that may be important for disease risk, such as the propensity of people to snack while watching,” she adds.