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Infographic: The Dangers of Sitting Too Much

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Winston Churchill once said, “Never stand when you can sit.” But a new study conducted by research epidemiologist, Christine Friedenreich of Alberta Health Services-Cancer Care in Canada, would strongly refute this now-famous advice. Friedenreich’s research has found that, no matter how active an individual, prolonged periods of inactivity and sitting are linked to several cancers, most namely, breast and colon cancers.

Another recent study conducted by the American Cancer Society tracked 123,000 Americans for 14 years and found that the death rate for men who spent six or more hours a day sitting was 18% higher than that of men who sat for three hours or less per day. For women, the increase in risk was more than double at 37%!

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the human body was not designed for prolonged periods of sitting. This somewhat frightening  infographic depicts some of the known too much, in case you need more convincing.

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Dangers of Sitting Too Much Infographic


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Article updated on: November 8th, 2011

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  1. [...] This interesting infographic summarizes many of these serious health consequences. In other articles we’ve reported that sitting down can increase inflammation, which in turn leads to a wide range of health problems, and we’ve reported that sitting down too much increases your risk of getting certain cancers. Now, exciting new research published in the British Medical Journal shows that Americans could live up to two years longer by reducing the amount of time they spend sitting to less than three hours a day! [...]

  2. [...] to not ignore these seemingly insignificant details. Sitting for long periods of time presents many health complications in and of itself.  As this infographic explains, fixing certain details in your posture can help reduce your risk [...]

  3. […] sitting down all day was to blame for my physical discomfort. In addition to articles I read on the detrimental effects of sitting at a desk all day, the biggest clue to me was that  I generally felt great on the weekends when I was very active […]