This article notes the behavioral/societal changes that have led to a more sedentary population over the past few decades. Things like services to replace work that people used to do themselves (think mowing the lawn, oil changes, etc.) to “drive-thru” options for everything from coffee, to prescriptions, to banking. Even shopping, which used to involve going out, is now done while sitting at a computer.
What the overall effect? As Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic has said, “Researchers have linked sitting for prolonged periods with a number of health problems and premature death from cardiovascular disease.”
For many of us, “Sitting has become the new smoking,” he says.
Full article: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/43638-you-may-not-smoke-but-studies-show-sitting-can-kill-you-too