Sitting for hours every day can be Deadly

Posted on March 29, 2012


Find ways to change the habit of sitting for too long. Try to stand or walk more if possible

Whether you are an office worker who always spent time in the seat? If the answer is yes, you should be wary. Recent research shows that those who spend their time sitting for 11 hours or more, has a 40 percent greater risk of dying within the next three years, regardless of whether you are physically active or not.

As published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine on March 26, researchers from Australia delivered a serious threat of lifestyle is less active or sedentary. They analyzed data on more than 222 000 people aged 45 years or older. The study results indicate, the risk of death of person tends to jump when the time by sitting for 11 hours every day. This risk is 15 percent higher when compared with those who sit less than 4 hours per day.

“The evidence regarding the adverse effects of sitting too long on health conditions have emerged over the past few years,” said study investigator, Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior researcher from the University of Sydney.

In his study, researchers also found that as many as 62 percent of study participants claimed to have excessive weight gain or obesity. Meanwhile, nearly 87 percent said they were in good health, and another quarter said it spent at least 8 hours to sit down every day.

Van der Ploeg to explain, those who sit for too long will increase the risk of death to double within the next three years than those who rarely sit down or active life style. Whereas among adults who are inactive and sitting too long, one-third greater risk of dying than those who rarely sit down.

Of the study also revealed, participants on average spend 90 percent of his free time to sit down, and less than 50 percent met the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct physical activity for 150 minutes each week. Therefore, Van der Ploeg advised office workers to be more active lifestyle.

“Find ways to change the habit of sitting for too long. Try to stand or walk more if possible,” he said.

Van der Ploeg recognize the limitations of these findings. He asserted that the findings do not prove a causal relationship and saying it needs further studies to replicate these findings and focus more on the sit influence on the development of conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

“All of this in the future research will inform us about the proper relationship between sitting and health conditions, which will ultimately result in public health recommendations, as we already have, such as for physical activity,” he concluded.

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