Recent studies have found that sitting for an extended length of time is linked to health problems, prompting the American Medical Association to officially recommend American workers sit less.
Americans over 60 spend around two-thirds of their waking time sedentary, according to a study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Every additional hour after nine hours that elderly Americans spend sitting, their risk of not being able to perform daily tasks (walking, bathing) increases by 50%.
"People should find opportunities to replace some of their sitting time with light activity. It's a low-cost strategy to good health." Dorothy Dunlop, University Feinberg School of Medicine
Other recent studies show that prolonged sitting -- at work, in cars and at home -- contribute to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, low sperm counts and obesity. About two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according to the CDC.
"Prolonged sitting, particularly in work settings, can cause health problems and encouraging workplaces to offer employees alternatives to sitting all day will help to create a healthier workforce." Patrice Harris, American Medical Association board member
The AMA notes a recent study showing that sitting accounted for about 6.9% of deaths for about 222,500 Australians aged 45 and older. The study controlled for physical activity, obesity and other health conditions.
The AMA represents 225,000 doctors in the U.S. Its public health recommendations are widely disseminated and influential. Its pending resolution calls for work breaks, standing work stations, and replacing chairs with isometric balls.
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