Prolonged sitting reduces a person’s life expectancy

The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to a study published in BMJ Open, sitting for three hours per day or longer may reduce an individual’s life expectancy.

USA Today reports that investigators “looked at several studies that evaluated sitting and all causes of death.”

Bloomberg News reports, “They combined the data with figures from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was used to determine how much time US adults spent sitting and watching TV.”

On its website, ABC News reports, “Based on all this data, the researchers calculated that limiting the time Americans spend sitting to three hours or fewer each day would increase the life expectancy of the US population by two years. Cutting down TV watching to fewer than two hours each day would bump life expectancy up by another 1.4 years.”

MSNBC reports, “About 27 percent of deaths in the studies could be attributed to sitting, and 19 percent to television viewing, the researchers said.”

HealthDay points out that “A number of previous studies have linked a lot of time sitting or watching TV with poor health, such as diabetes and death from heart disease and stroke.”

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2 Responses to Prolonged sitting reduces a person’s life expectancy

  1. Tim says:

    what a crock of bs. My Dad sat down and lived to 87. My uncle lived to 95 and sat down a lot.
    My aunt sat down a lot too and lived to 96.

    I’ve sat down 12-18 hours a day six days a week for most of my life working with farm equipment on 4,200 acres of land and am in almost perfect health and I’m 60.

  2. Dr. Walt says:

    Wonder how much longer they would have lived with some exercise! :-)

    Dr. Walt

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