Little exercise and heavy use of electronic media, health risk for children (Examiner)

While we’ve seen loads of studies that link higher mortality rates and various chronic diseases with sedentary behavior in adults, this study focuses on the effects on children, and the results are sobering. In a study of children age 6-8, it was found that sedentary behavior in was linked to an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Vascular Diseases for children. Full article: Photo credit: Brad Flickinger “student ipad school” on Flickr (cc)

Sitting is Killing You (Infographic)

This eye-opening infographic from covers all the bases of why sitting is the new smoking: People are sitting more than ever… an average of 9.3 hours per day. Sitting 6+ hours per day increases risk of death up to 40%. Obese people sit for 2.5 hours more per day than thin people. Between 1980 and 2000 exercise rates stayed the same but sitting time increased 8%… and obesity doubled. When you sit, calorie burning decreases, enzymes that help break […]

Sitting time linked to disability regardless of physical activity (CBC)

CBC reports on a study of 2,286 Americans aged 60 and older that found that average time spent being sedentary during waking hours was almost 9 hours. The study found that the odds of disability were 1.52 times greater for every one hour increase in sedentary time, independent of the amount of time that participants spent exercising with moderate to vigorous activity. Full article:

Inactivity is greatest heart risk factor for women over 30: study (British Journal of Sports Medicine)

This article outlines a study by the University of Queensland of roughly 30,000 participants that found that inactivity is the greatest heart risk factor for women over 30, even beating out obesity and high blood pressure. The study found that in the elderly groups, 65 percent of women from ages 73-78 got little or no physical activity, and up to 81 percent of those age 85-90. Based on the death rates from heart disease in Australia, the researches concluded that […]

Is Sitting the New Smoking? (HCP Live)

This article on Healthcare Professionals Network discusses a study by researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore that found that 28% of males and 34% of females over the age of 15 were insufficiently active, resulting in at least 3.2 million deaths annually. The study found that inactivity accounts for 10-16% of several cancers (breast, colon) as well as diabetes, as well as 22% of heart disease. Per the findings, the researchers deemed sitting to be as harmful as smoking. […]

Sitting is the New Smoking (Huffington Post – Video)

An interview by the Huffington Post with experts on sedentary behavior that covers why sitting is the new smoking and what you can do to get more active. Source:

Warning: Sitting is the new smoking (The Times of India)

An in-depth article that details not just why sitting is the new smoking, but discusses the actual physiological effects on your body when you sit for long periods as well as the evidence found by the research on sedentary behavior. Full article:

Sitting still a risk factor for disability (Quad-City Times)

This editorial recalls a Northwestern University study that took place between 2002 and 2005. The study fitted 2,000 seniors with accelerometers and tracked the differences between those who were active and those who were sedentary. The data strongly showed that every hour sitting increases the risk of becoming disabled. Full article:

The Dangers of Sitting and What You Can Do To Change Things (Paleo Lifestyle Magazine)

A great article that outlines why “sitting around is the smoking of our generation.” Some of the eye-opening highlights: The average American sits for 9.3 hours per day. After just one hour of sitting, the body’s production of fat-burning enzymes drops up to 90%, slowing your metabolism. Prolonged sitting increases risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The death rate for obesity is 10 times greater than that for tobacco. The article goes on to offer suggestions for getting more […]

Is Sitting For Long Hours At Work The New Smoking? (CBS Pittsburgh)

This report talks about a study that involved specially designed underwear that could tell if participants were sitting, standing or lying down. The usual correlations were found: people who are overweight or gained tend to sit more than those who were more active. The study’s author, Dr. Jensen, said that a 30-60 minute trip to the gym may not be enough to combat all the time Americans spend sitting. According to Jensen, “It’s not going to prevent risk for disease […]