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Excessive Sitting, Watching Television Reduce Life Expectancy in the U.S.

Excessive Sitting, Watching Television Reduce Life Expectancy in the U.S.

(ePharmaNews) – Scientists from the United States have discovered that excessive sitting and watching television can reduce life expectancy by at least a year and a half in an article published in the journal BMJ Open.

They have found that reducing sitting time to less than three hours a day can add two years to one’s life, while reducing the time spent watching television can add 1.4 year on average.

A sedentary lifestyle have always been blamed for the increased levels of obesity in the US, which are also associated with several health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The researchers reviewed earlier studies that included 170,000 people aged 18 to 90 years to calculate the total time these people spent sitting and compare it to the total time they spent doing their daily routine. Excessive sitting was linked to 27 percent of deaths in the US, while watching television for a long time was linked to 19 percent of the cases.

They concluded: ‘The results of this study indicate that extended sitting time and TV viewing may have the potential to reduce life expectancy in the US.’

These findings will also cause concerns among office workers who spend most of the day at their desks. However, there is evidence that even simple measures - such as taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking over to speak to colleagues - can help keep the heart healthy.

Depending on these findings, researchers advise future generations to exercise and more often because these can increase their average lives; spending an hour or two a week doing a moderate activity such as cycling, jogging, or weight lifting can make them more vigorous and less sedentary.

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