STLMoms: The danger of “oversitting”

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - For every hour that overweight adults spent watching television their risk of becoming diabetic increased by 3.4 percent. Most of the participants were watching nearly three hours a day.

That being said, the side effects of “oversitting” are pretty serious. These side effects include an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, kidney problems and premature death.

However, if adults replaced as little as two minutes of sitting each hour with gentle walking, they lowered their risk of premature death by about 33 percent, compared with people who sat almost nonstop.

Dr. Alex Vidan of Vidan Family Chiropractic says that strolling instead of sitting increases the number of calories that someone burns. This potentially contributes to weight loss and other metabolic changes, which then affect mortality risk.

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