The U.S.'s largest association of physicians has officially taken a stance on recommending American workers sit less — at work, at home, and in cars.
"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.
Several recent studies of activity 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.
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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