Is Sitting The Most Dangerous Thing You Do?
Is sitting the most dangerous thing you do? James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, thinks it may be, depending on how much of it you do. Levine's concerns, laid out in this piece in the New York Times, stem from years of research suggesting that the more you sit, the less you live. The Times reports, for example, that when researchers from the American Cancer Society tracked the health of 123,000 Americans between 1992 and 2006, they found that men who spent six hours or more per day of their leisure time sitting had an overall death rate that was about 20 percent higher than the men who sat for three hours or less. The death rate for women who sat for more than six hours a day was about 40 percent higher. Wait, it gets worse: Another study, published last year in the journal Circulation, looked at nearly 9,000 Australians and found that for each additional hour of television a person sat and watched per day, the risk of dying rose by 11 percent.