Washington: Health experts have revealed that sedentary behaviour, or too much sitting, could potentially be a new risk factor for disease.
Those who sit more often are found to have a greater risk of premature death, particularly from heart disease, according to recent studies.
And the risk is independent from the effects of lack of physical exercise or too little exercise, which is often associated with many diseases.
“Epidemiologic and physiologic research on sedentary behaviour suggests that there are novel health consequences of prolonged sitting time, which appear to be independent of those attributable to lack of leisure-time physical activity,” said Neville Owen, PhD, Head of Behavioural Epidemiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia.
“However, behavioural research that could lead to effective interventions for influencing sedentary behaviours is less developed, especially so for adults,” he added.
It also indicated that children’s current and future health is particularly at risk given that they spend substantial amounts of their day sitting at school, at home and through transport.
The researchers warned that new technologies and entertainment formats might exacerbate this problem.
The results appeared in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.