The danger of sitting too much

April 22, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

How dangerous is it to sit too much?

[P]eople who sat more than 11 hours a day had a 40% higher risk of dying in the next three years than people who sat less than four hours a day. This was

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after adjusting for factors such as age, weight, physical activity and general health status, all of which affect the death risk. It also found a clear dose-response effect: the more people sat, the higher their risk of death. The results are part of the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing study of healthy aging in the Southern Hemisphere. It compared the self-reported daily sitting time of 222,497 Australian adults 45 years or older with their likelihood of death in the next three years.

And there’s also an American study:

[M]en who sat more than six hours a day during the years of the study (1993 to 2006) were 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat for three hours or less. The death rate for women who sat more than six hours day was 37 percent over those who were seated three hours or less.

Check out this short video urging people to avoid prolonged sitting.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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