Sitting for long periods 'poses a major health risk'

15 October 2012

People who sit for long periods of time could be putting their health at risk, regardless of whether they also exercise or not.

Scientists from Leicester and Loughborough Universities worked together in order to highlight how staying immobile for sustained amounts of time can increase one's risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Their study, which involved the analysis of 18 existing studies covering around 800,000 people, underlined the dangers that watching TV, sitting in a car or being at a desk for long periods can bring to a person's health.

Research leader Dr Emma Wilmot, from the Diabetes Group at the University of Leicester, pointed out that people are at risk even if they go to the gym following long bouts of sitting down.

Dr Wilmot explained: "If a worker sits at their desk all day then goes to the gym, while their colleague heads home to watch TV, then the gym-goer will have better health outcomes.

"But there is still a health risk because of the amount of sitting they do."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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