In a study from the American Journal of Epidemiology, sedentary women who sat over 6 hours a day, had a 94% higher mortality rate than those who were active and sat less than 3 hours a day. Similarly, men had a 48% higher mortality compared to their relative active counterparts (Patel et al., 2010). Sitting for more than 10 hours a day is associated with a 38% higher risk of having a heart attack (Petersen et al., 2014) and with increased prevalence of obesity, type II diabetes and high blood pressure (Heer, Wilkinson, Strong, Bondy & Koehly, 2012).
Unfortunately, an average American sits 7.7 hours a day (Matthews et al., 2008). According to the CDC, an alarming 34.9%, or 78.6 million Americans are obese. If the current trends continue, it is estimated that by the year 2030 more than half of Americans will be obese (Finkelstein et al., 2012). Obesity and overweight are related to: heart disease, stroke, colon, breast, endometrial, and gallbladder cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and gallstones (NIH, 2012).
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