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Too Much Sitting Linked to Chronic Health Problems
Date:2/21/2013

steady stair-step increase in risk of chronic diseases the more participants sat. The group sitting more than eight hours clearly had the highest risk," said Rosenkranz.

"It's not just that people aren't getting enough physical activity, but it's that they're also sitting too much," he said. "And on top of that, the more you sit, the less time you have for physical activity."

The study authors noted it's not entirely clear if sitting time leads to the development of chronic diseases or if it's the other way around: "It's a classic case of, 'Which came first: The chicken or the egg?'" Rosenkranz pointed out in the news release.

The study was published online recently in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on the benefits of physical activity.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Kansas State University, news release, Feb. 18, 2013


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