In recent years, the media has highlighted studies on the health risks of sitting for too long every day, emphasizing that it can take years off of your life. However, new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in late 2015 shows that sitting doesn't always up your chances of dying early. The study followed more than 5,000 participants over 16 years, and reported no correlation between their time spent sitting and mortality. This isn't to say that sitting is good for you, or that you shouldn't buy a standing desk. But it may imply that frequent physical activity should be a higher health priority than cutting back on your sitting time. It's staying sedentary, and not standing or sitting, that seems to have the biggest impact on your body. As a co-author of the study said in a written statement, "Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing. The results cast doubt on the benefits of sit-stand work stations."
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A study that looked at data from 5,000 participants over a period of 16 years found that prolonged sitting didn't increase the risk of an early death, so long as you are otherwise physically active. 00:38
Being more active in general during your day (whether you sit or stand for most of it) may have more of an impact on your health than reducing your time spent sitting. 01:20
When the media reported that fatty diets were unhealthy, people began to consume far more carbohydrates. 04:25