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Sitting Can Kill

Published: September 30, 2010

The good folks at Louisiana’s Oschner Health Institute studied the health and activity habits of 120,000 people over a 14 year period from 1993 to 2006. Sitting six hours a day was found to be a major health risk. Even after adjusting for things like smoking history and body mass index, a surprisingly lower of lifespan could be attributed to sitting.

How bad a risk factor? Women had a 37% higher risk of dying over those 14 years when compared to those sitting less than 3 hours a day, while men showed an increase in mortality of 17%. The researchers noted that exercise lowered the risk of early death, but fell far short of eliminating it.

What can be done? The studies authors suggest that one get up and move about whenever possible. Good idea, but these numbers suggest that a re-think is indicated for desk jobs everywhere.