This day and age have brought much technology to us — faster Internet, smartphones, and other technological innovations. Life had not been much easier, and we take more of life today sitting down. Binge-watching and sitting down all day long are nothing new.
We are aware that anything too much is bad. Sitting down is no exception. It can lead to weak muscles, and an array of dangerous diseases. Have we become too much of a couch potato?
Americans of all ages increasingly take life sitting down, researchers found, but adolescents sit more than other groups. The study found adolescent Americans typically increased their total sitting time from seven hours to just over eight hours a day in the decade to 2016, the largest amount of time spent sedentary and the biggest jump of all the groups studied, experts said.
Dr Yin Cao of Washington University in St Louis, the author of the study, said: “It’s very concerning when there’s such an increase in sitting time on a national level across all age groups, especially taking into consideration the health risks that come with this.”
Such sedentary behavior is not only associated with obesity, but also related to increased risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and overall mortality, the authors warned.
Hopefully there is a way to avoid such dangerous consequences.
More details of the study at The Guardian.
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