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What's worse - watching television or bad preaching?

Television rots the brain. So says Professor Manfred Spitzer from the University of Ulm in Germany.

Stephen Palframan

In fact he went further to suggest that watching television contributed to the deaths of 20,000 Germans a year. Long hours of viewing contributed to deaths from obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes as well as stunting the development of children’s brains, by warping their sense of taste and smell in favour of unhealthy foods. (Study quoted by Libby Purves in The Times, February 2005.)