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60 Minutes investigates: is sitting down killing us? Sitting is the new smoking

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sorry, did you say “sitting”? Surely you meant “smoking”? You know, those yucky sticks of tobacco smoke, linked to many types of cancers, lung diseases, heart disease, and poor blood circulation? Smoking, right?

Nope, we mean sitting. The risks of sitting are dire. Is sitting as bad as smoking? Various studies and research has discovered more about not only the risks of sitting, but that exercise - even if we are diligent at going to the gym three times a week (despite the desire to drive right past and go straight home!) - is being negated by all those hours we spend sitting in an office chair in front of our computers during the day, and slumping on the couch in front of the TV or laptop at night.

Last Sunday night, 60 Minutes looked at the dangers and health effects of prolonged sitting, and how we’re turning into a sedentary nation. Is sitting down killing us?

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