Despite growing concern about the harmful effects of over-sitting, Americans are more likely to sit in the past – in part because people spend more free time in front of computers.
The connection between lots of sitting and poor health is now established, but there is not much data on how sedentary Americans really are, says Yin Cao, a cancer epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis and co-author of a study. which was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association . Analyzing the data from the National Health Nutrition Examination Survey, Cao and her team found that the total duration of the session for both adults and adolescents increased by about an hour between 2007 and 201
The time you spent sitting and watching TV or watching videos was generally stable between 2001 and 2016 – at least two hours a day – but over time, people of all ages reported spending more time with their free time spend the computer. By 2016, half of adults said they had at least one hour per day (2003: 29 percent). This was the case for 57 percent of adolescents (53 percent). "[People] work indoors more than ever, and that can change the way we work," says Cao. Although the use of computers is now a common pastime, this may not have been the case in the past when computers were less ubiquitous. Cao adds that people may not be aware that over-sitting can be dangerous, especially as "there is no clear intervention" to address this problem in most schools and workplaces.
Standing desks have become more popular, partly in response to the fear of sedentary behavior, but this quick tech fix might not be the answer. First, there is little scientific evidence to improve people's health. As stated in The New York Times states, "Standing is not an exercise," and it's a better idea to take a short walk than sit instead of sitting. Although exercise is fairly straightforward, it is important that the discussion about sitting and health outcomes be differentiated. It is possible that sitting is a symptom of other problems that cause poor health and is not necessarily a major cause of poor health itself. For example, people who are unemployed may sit a lot, but the challenges associated with unemployment (including financial worries, stress, or depression) can pose greater problems than sitting.
What is the snack? Do not throw yourself in the thousands for a chic new standing desk, but if you can, take a minute to get up and take a nice walk outside.