As an addendum to my last post related to the health hazards of excess sitting, a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine added more evidence that excessive sitting is a risk factor for mortality. Using survey data from 54 countries, the researchers analyzed the association between time spent sitting more than three hours a day and mortality. They found that >60% of respondents worldwide sat for > 3 hours/day (mean = 4.7 hours/day), contributing to an extra 433,000 deaths from 2002 through 2011. Reducing that time by 50 percent would result in a 2.3 percent decline in all-cause mortality.
Published by Marion Sills
I am a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado. I work as a physician in the emergency departments of the Children's Hospital of Colorado and as a health services researcher at the University's Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes (ACCORDS). View more posts