Frightening Research! are we Sitting Ourselves to Death?
“Every hour spent watching TV increases the risk of premature death from all causes,” says Professor Dr David Dunstan from Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetic Institute.
For years we have been hearing that sitting for long stretches, whether in an office or at home in front of TV is risky – more risky than flying long distance. It could even be fatal. There was a report a few years ago of a young office worker who died from a blood clot – DVT.
We always think it won’t happen to us. But when are we going to sit up and take notice? When will we heed the warnings?
Dr Dunstan says, “We are starting to understand that sitting is a potentially large public health issue”. He compares it to awareness about the danger of sun damage 20 years ago. One American expert goes as far as to call sitting “the new smoking”.
Tom Fitzsimons, in the Dominion Post “Weekend”, July 16 th, gave a broad summary of the research and the problems our lifestyle presents. Click on this link to read the full article. http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/5306614/We-re-sitting-ourselves-to-death