What is sitting disease?Sitting disease is a term that is becoming more commonplace in the public eye and the literature. (1) Sitting for more than six hours per day has been reported to be associated with a 40% increase in mortality risk.1 Sedentary work has increased by 50% over the last 50 years, contributing to more inactivity in our society.4A growing collective of researchers is studing the physiological effects of sedentary work and the results are alarming.1, Chronic disease is on the rise with increased incidence of cardiovascular problems, diabetes, arthritis, and mental illness, which are ofen associated with inactivity and obesity.3 Do you sit for more than 4 hours per day? If so, you may be at risk of “sitting disease”.
The increase in time spent sitting is associated with cardio-metabolic dysfunction and authors have discovered that the metabolic problems are not counteracted by meeting physical activity guidelines as outlined by the American Sports Medicine Council.4
From this finding, the term “couch potato phenomenon” has been coined.4 An individual may be considered healthy by surpassing recommended physical activity guidelines by riding her or his bike to and from work for two hours a day, but may still be at risk of sitting disease with eight hours of sedentary office activity.4
Encouraging evidence illustrates that metabolic changes, such as an improvement in glucose levels, are modified with a reduction in a sedentary activity such as standing, changing position from sitting to standing, or walking slowly.4
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1. Patel et al. Leisure time spent in sitting in relation to total mortality in a prospective cohort of US adults. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2010; Vol 172,No 4. 2. Ewing, Carol et. al. Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults: Guidance for Prescribing Exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2011. 1335-1359. 3. Owen N, Bauman A, Brown W. Too much sitting: a novel and important predictor of chronic disease risk? Br J Sports Med. 2009; 43(2):81–3.[PubMed] 4. Owen, Neville et al. Too much sitting: the population-health science of sedentary behaviour. Exercise Sport Science Review. July 2010; 38(3):105-113.