(CBS 5) – Smoking cigarettes is the cause of so much preventable, deadly disease. But now new research shows sitting for long stretches of time may be just as dangerous.

“Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases,” explained Dr. David Coven, cardiologist with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.

Dr. Coven said several new studies show prolonged sitting is now being linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even early death.

“The fact of being sedentary causes factors to happen in the body that are very detrimental,” said Dr. Coven.

Dr. Coven says when you sit for long periods of time; your body goes into storage mode,

When that happens, it stops working as effectively as it should. What’s worse, the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of developing one or more of these diseases, just as with smoking.

Linda Caufield has a desk job. She sits nearly seven hours a day.

“I’m on the computer, I’m on the phone, I’m doing paperwork so all that stuff has to be done at my desk,” she said.

Linda had no idea her desk was so deadly, noting how “sitting is probably killing me.”

Paul Golin says he was sitting up to eight hours a day. But after a recent heart health scare, he bought a “stand up” desk. It’s a contraption that rests on a treadmill.

“I turn on the treadmill and walk for about an hour a day,” said Golin.

Golin’s measures may seem extreme but so are the consequences of sitting. Dr. Coven recommeded to just get up and move when you can.

“Any time you get the blood pumping, the blood moving, it stimulates the organs to do things that are healthier,” said Coven.

If you think that hour of cardio you do every day negates the effect of your desk job, think again.

So get up at the office at any chance you get, don’t send emails when you can deliver the message in person, take the stairs, stand up when you take a phone call. And don’t forget to take your breaks, and take a walk.

To view research from American College of Cardiology, click here.

Other research on effects of sedentary behavior:

Karolinska Institutet editorial, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

Sitting time and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer

Leisure time sedentary behavior and metabolic syndrome

Leisure time sitting and mortality in U.S. adults

Sedentary Behavior & Cancer

Sedentary Behavior & Colorectal Cancer

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (416)
  1. tim says:

    here we go again. another liberal study to give greedance to their existance. As get older you are going to sit more. no one has the same DNA or genes and no one has the right to tell others how to live.

    1. Beetle says:

      You do if you are a Democrat!!!!

      1. Shawn Clark says:

        what a stupid comment. if in any way shape or form you get healthcare assistance, including individual health insurance because that spreads risk around and can raise others premiums you should be told what to do. however if your paying totally out of pocket i don’t care what you do to yourself because it doesn’t affect me. however at this point with 66% of americans being overweight many obese you lost your right to choose for yourself.

      2. Jon Weiss says:

        Democrats do like pounding on others over nothing.

    2. mac says:

      Relax buddy. Why don’t you just have a seat and not get so bent out of shape. Just something to think about. That’s all. But I don’t want to tell you what to do or anything.

      1. zombierocket says:

        “But I don’t want to tell you what to do or anything.” – HAHAHAHA You just did.

    3. Stefan says:

      Nobody’s telling you what to do, there’s no “liberal” conspiracy 🙂 It’s just common sense. We’re talking about risk factors here. Obviously we have different genes, one can drink smoke and be a couch potato and live 80 but chances are not.

      1. David Timmins says:

        It’s G.W.’s fault! He’s responsible for 9/11, JFK and my dog’s death!


      2. Todd Dosenberry says:

        Just because someone recommends something to you does not mean you have to do it. Sitting is extremely detrimental to ones health. This is logical to everyone I would hope. Sitting for short periods of time are fine if you sit correctly.

        Sitting for 8 straight hours with 1 break is not at all healthy. Think back to how human beings evolved. We walk upright for a reason. If you start using your legs then your healthy will vastly improve.

        Walking is the worlds greatest exercise. Don’t wait till tomorrow. Start today. On your next break or as soon as you get home, walk for 5-10 minutes. That’s all you need for you to see what it can do for your life.

    4. lcs says:

      I’d say being hateful and obsessed with liberals is bad for your health as well.

      1. MikeTheHammer says:

        100% correct, and I’m a conservative. Don’t understand why “everything” must be political for some. Great comment.

      2. Jingly says:

        Amen man! Some people will make 2+2=4 a political argument

      3. StaticKlingon says:

        Oh, it’s so obvious to anyone but the hopelessly naive……..”They” have raised gas prices as far as possible without fomenting a rebellion, so now that you can longer sit in your car, “They” are coming after your Lazy Boy. Along with your smokes, your sodas and your french fries. At least have the decency to buy a green chair.
        You deniers are killing the planet! We’re all gonna die!

      4. StaticKlingon says:

        Until politicians lose the ability to use information to sway public opinion and pass laws, it’s all political.

      5. RobbieK says:

        Uhm, you don’t sound like your part of the 52% of Americans who are Conservative, and I’m sure you are a Liberal.

      6. Shawn Clark says:

        yup stress kills too 🙂

      7. Grunty says:

        This is just a prelude to taxing people for sitting on their duffs. Obamie has to pay for the healthcare fiasco somehow. Wonder if they will put some kind of gismo on our rears to record how long we sit.

      8. shempus says:

        actually it is quite healthy to feel consternation for leftie miscreants. cathartic.

    5. MikeTheHammer says:

      “greedance”? What the hell is that?

      1. Jimbo Limbo says:

        You never heard of Greedance Glearwater Gravel Robble?

    6. Snarfles says:

      What’s wrong with being healthy? You don’t HAVE to do it. It’s just that if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle you should move more. It’s not a political thing, it’s just common sense.

      1. Dan says:

        Good, go be healthy and STFU – and don’t forget to work hard so you can pay for my healthcare!

    7. Jack says:

      You’re an idiot.No one has to sit more just because they are older. No one is telling others how to live

    8. Derek says:

      Wow Tim, you are kind of a dumb a** huh? To give “greedance?” And why does this have anything to do with liberal or conservative? Because the study warns of being sedentary? Yeah, I definitely see how warning fat Americans that being lazy is part of the liberal agenda.
      You appear to be nothing more than another impressionable underachiever who can’t distinguish between reality and the nonsense that Rush and Sean spew daily…

    9. nanibold says:

      No one has the right to tell others how to live? Of course they don’t. And this article is obviously not trying to dictate your behaviour at all. They see health risks associated with sitting around a lot, and they report it. You yourself decide whether you want to stay sedentary or not. But you’re a moron, and would rather see it as some kind of liberal conspiracy.

      I wonder where people like you live… I’ve never met someone with your special brand of stupidity…

    10. seenitall says:

      This study is full of it. I worked in Assisted Living for over a decade. All these people do is sit and they’re living on and on and on… Look in the nursing homes, Alzheimer’s unit. Sad, but true. This study is bunk.

      1. fritzy says:

        Whether the above study is scientific could be up for question. Your “study,” seenitall, however, is not. It’s anecdotal. Besides, you’ve basically disproven your point–these elderly people that are sitting around all day are not healthy in any sense of the word.

    11. Jordan Haas says:

      You sound fat.

      1. P says:

        really fat!

    12. MadeleineT says:

      I agree, they had to tell us that knowin gwe are sitting here reading it. I won’t do that again. Stress is even more dangerous.

    13. Rick says:

      Hmmmmm, this is a very good article. Going to link to it. Note: if you are interested in solving this very real problem, maybe take a look at
      poker-isometrics.com , it gets very deep into how to stay fit if you are someone who has to spend a lot of time sitting.

    14. fritzy says:

      Calm down there, tim–no one’s trying to take away your god-given right to sit around on your ass all day if you so choose. This is to inform you of the risk you’re taking if you do so. What you do with that info is totally up to you–right in line with your conservative values. If you want to develope a tunnelling sore on your backside, so be it. Or did the pinko scientists create the conspiracy of bed-sores too?

  2. Joe Doakes says:

    How many of you just stood up?

    1. Tom Kron says:

      Studies also show half of all heart attacks occur to obese people getting up out of their chairs.

    2. MadCharles says:

      What freedoms are they after now ?

      1. Joe Doakes says:

        Your God given right to do absolutely nothing!

  3. DusterMH53J says:

    I guess we sitting smokers are scr*wed.

    1. Joe says:

      yea we are now get up off your fat a** and grab another Dagwood

    2. MR says:

      Thats why we get up for smoke breaks. So, if you get up to smoke it offsets the bad sitting. Works for me. Now if we can only find a study that proves drinking beer at work improves productivity.

  4. Tommy Boy says:

    Do These Friggin Lib’s Ever Give Up? What Next?

    1. Joe Doakes says:

      This is obvious . . .

      Standing may is dangerous! We must stop standing! We must pass a law!

      1. gringgrong says:

        This isn’t politics. It’s about being healthy. Stop politicizing that which never was.

      2. Marc M says:

        If you believe it isn’t political than I have a few bridges to sell you.

        Looking forward to peddle to watch your tv?

      3. reg says:

        So being an unhealthy fat a$$ is now part of the GOP platform?

    2. MikeTheHammer says:

      I’m a conservative, but I suggest that if you don’t like this, sit down and have a cigarette. We could use more room in the gene pool.

    3. AK says:

      As a conservative, let me say that you are an idiot. Article is only pointing out that it’s healthy to not sit and to get off your butt. When Obama/Pelosi read this and try to pass a law banning chairs in the workplace and home and/or create a govt mandate to buy one of those treadmill desks mentioned in the article, that is when the liberalism kicks in.

      1. Jeff says:

        Well said.

  5. Buddy Gorman says:

    Wonder who paid for this bit of bull*hit. Probably the taxpayers. Farting fouls the air and this study smells of “give me some free money.”

    1. Tom Kron says:

      Who paid For This::: The Same International Mega Corporation Washington Lobbyists That Draft All Our Laws and Kill Our Soldiers in Foreign Corporate Ground Wars. Right?

  6. Fredx says:

    Let this be a warning to people in wheelchairs.

    1. Dave the Brit says:


  7. John says:

    What about second hand sitting?! Is that dangerous? Will Bloomberg out law sitting? Can’t wait.

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      Butt tax now! Do it for the children!

      1. Dreamtime says:

        OMGosh! @StaticKlingon That was a great comment!
        Butt Tax
        LMAO, then I stood up, and dropped my cigarette!

    2. mark says:

      Ha ha ha ha. I laughed out loud when I read your comment, very well done.

    3. Merlot says:

      This made me laugh right out loud, Amen!

  8. zombierocket says:

    Such BS….

    1. 666 says:

      pfft! scientists! what do they know?!?

  9. Cabbie says:

    Who is Dr Coven? Why should we care what he says? All the article says is that Dr Coven is a cardiologist, but gives no specifics, such as from where he graduated, where he practices (does he practice?), or whether he has ever been published. Other than that, the article’s sources are two random people who like to sit. This is shoddy.

    1. zombierocket says:

      Well to be fair, click here: http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/dr-david-coven-md-1759c04d

      But… so what. 100,000 other cardiologists will say something different.

      1. Stefan says:

        I’m afraid not. All they will recommend moderate physical activity

    2. Dreamtime says:

      Being a Physician seems to be the ONLY occupation where you can just take a guess, perscribe narcotics, and suggest manditory proceedures that effect lives, and people will believe you without any supporting studies, facts, or examples. I thought Psychiatrists were probably the worst of the bunch, but this takes the cake.
      This is a lame report, of course sitting on your duff will eventually cause health issues, usually it is just a fat A$$.

  10. Uncle Bernie says:

    more stupid nanny state leftist bs.

    1. Tom Kron says:

      Study failed to disclose that the unscientific study was bought and paid for by the “Ronco Vibrating Exerciser Chair”, only 99,99 at a Chinamart near you.

  11. Michael says:

    So using the same logic behind the regulations and taxation of smoking, can we expect a tax on sitting in public places soon? Maybe a ban on all public benches? The great and all knowing government does know whats best and has an obligation to look out for those that don’t know better.

    1. Dreamtime says:

      Good suggestion Michael 😀
      Ban Public Benches and Toilets, Yeah!!!
      Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for anyone to sit around. Hee Hee.
      What’s next a breathing tax?
      Opening your eyes can be damaging to your health?
      Opening your mouth seems to be risking your health and the welfare of others too.
      Let’s tax talking.
      These studies are so ridiculous!

  12. William Gates says:

    Quick, let’s pass a law that requires all U.S. citizens to purchase a gym membership. This will reduce the cost of health care because people will now have access to a gym. For those of you that don’t think the Gov’t can’t make a U.S. citizen purchase something, they have already passed the Healthcare law that mandates you buy health insurance so why not this? For those of you that think the government mandating a gym membership is a good idea, please look beyond this and ask “what else are they going to force me to do?”

    1. zombierocket says:

      Not just gym memberships, but gym memberships at gyms owned by the banks…

      1. William Gates says:

        Yes, and lets not forget to include that the gym must be unionized “green” gyms as well. 🙂

    2. michael says:

      They could force all businesses to purchase stand up desks, or to implement an exercise program into the day. The possibilities are endless which is what makes obamacare such a dangerous slippery slope.

    3. chris says:

      o like car insurance? or do you mean a yearly car registration? or were you referring to school taxes that force even people without kids to contribute to the public school system? don’t be crazy an act like this is the first thing the government has ever made you buy, if i had more time i could make a list as long as this article of things the government already makes you buy

      1. Kevin says:

        The government does not force you to buy car insurance or car registration because they don’t force you to buy a car. Forcing the purchase of heath insurance is different because to be exempt you have to choose not to live (assuming you are not associated with one of Obama’s union masters).

      2. Kevin says:

        …and you don’t have to pay taxes, if you choose not to work (or at least not make too much money working). I bet a significant portion of people okay with Government mandated health insurance pay an insignificant portion of the taxes needed to support it.

  13. sailordude says:

    That sitting woman’s head is completely flat on top! That’s amazing. Reminds me of the joke of having a place to put your beer can at.

  14. Beach says:

    Tim’s comment: spoken from a true lazy obese man.

    1. Michele says:

      Beach..enough with the hate and intolerance.

  15. gracepmc says:

    New Restaurant Policy — No Smoking, No Sitting. New Michelle Obama Approved Menu.

  16. hiram dunlop says:

    i bet every one of you are fat

    1. Michael says:

      Insults are the last resort of the ignorant.

      1. kunta_kinte says:

        haha fat is not an insult it’s our constitutional right!!! You’ll have to pry my lazy-boy from my cold, dead (from heart disease) hands!

        ps: this whole thing is my favorite news article comment thread I have ever read. I love America

    2. William Gates says:

      Because we are against being controlled? I am not fat, I play hockey and soccer, but let’s just pretend that I am for now. I would rather be fat and free than skinny and enslaved.

      1. Stefan says:

        It’s a doctor’s recommendation, simple as that. There’s no hint in this article that a law will be put in place for you to stand.
        All the comments here just give conservatives/drudge readers a bad name.

    3. Linda says:

      I’m not fat, but my cardiologist is.

  17. StaticKlingon says:

    When chairs are outlawed, only outlaws will have chairs.

  18. TL says:

    Guys I’m just as, if not more conservative than the anyone, but I truly do not get why you all are making this a political thing. This is a medical / science thing. If you do not agree with it then do your own research and come up with facts to support your hypothesis. Anyone who argues with science without scientific evidence to support their argument sounds pretty dumb. And it is common sense that sitting at your desk all day is bad for your health. I don’t need a doctor to tell me that.

    1. michael says:

      Because reports like this are used to justify new laws under the guise of protecting the general public. I’m personally not arguing against the science of this study. The results of her study should be rather obvious. But there are those in our government that think they know better than the rest of us lowly constituents and use these reports as justification.

      1. Charlie Harper says:

        Please feel free to sit.

      2. Michele says:

        Michael, you are right. It all starts out with “INobody’s telling you what to do”… I see manadatory gym memberships and fines if you don’t get one….you know, like health insurance. I can see a brown shirt checking off my “gym time card” as I exit the building. BTW all of you…”I’m a conservative, but……….” Save it. You’re tools. Lemmings.

      3. Red says:

        Uh… who says there are going to be ‘new laws’ in this regard?

        Jumping the gun a bit, aren’t you?

    2. William Gates says:

      I am not disagreeing with the science of it. I don’t think it is really news that sitting in one spot for 40+ hours a week is good for a persons health. I think we are showing our cynicism in the article and looking ahead to what Congress does best, find a way to further control, for the good of the people of course (removing tongue from cheek)

      1. Stefan says:

        Do you realize this is not a political debate? People need to chill out.

    3. Zerocarbman says:

      Because, unfortunately, the message of “movement for health” is way, way overplayed…..Reduce the carbs, and watch just about ALL health issues dissappear. I was fat and very active, now I am a very low carber….sit at a desk ALL day, and have perfect health.

      The Gov., as with many things, has led us astray…

    4. Conservative to a Tea says:

      Because this is CBS. a division of Soros Nazi machine ( obama’s puppeteer) and it furthers his agenda.
      Now do you understand?

  19. Rich says:

    I smoke while sitting…

  20. xmlrider says:

    Wait a second… the doctor at the top of the article is…. *gasp*… SITTING at her desk… OMG… everything is twisted. Up is Down… Left is Right… cats and dogs sleeping together. Mass Hysteria!

  21. Razor says:

    Somewhere in TX, Dubya is drinking cheap beer and laughing his azz off.

    1. Charlie Harper says:

      What else does he have to do? He killed enough people to last the rest of his life.

      1. Sean says:

        ^ bush derangment syndrome is a serious condition. How many has Obumbler killed by your logic? What are we at, three, four wars now? Sit down and have a smoke friendo.

    2. Conservative to a Tea says:

      Thanks to Obama, there is no such thing as cheap beer anymore. Sad but true.

  22. Heather Rouillard says:

    Check out http://www.juststand.org for tips on how to stand more throughout the day.

  23. Ponyks says:

    This article brought to you by the makers of “The Stand Up Desk” . If you act NOW you will not DIE!

  24. Andy Hagadorn says:

    “don’t send emails when you can deliver the message in person”

    Seriously? Has the person who wrote that ever had a real job? People better not be lined up next to MY desk delivering messages in person!

  25. AFSGTSAM says:

    So I guess sitting on your @$$ collecting welfare and unemployment is bad for your health…the cure is no more free money at taxpayer expense…work or starve!

  26. Krusatyr says:

    I agree with incorporating more activity into each day, but complacent heifers need to be prodded. This article is suggestive, not yet Obamunist-authoritarian: lazy, saddle butted waddlers can do better than grow wide and soft on chairs and sofas.

  27. Dennis D says:

    Just like Cigarettes? Maybe we should BAN all Chairs or Tax their use

  28. EBounding says:

    I’m a conservative and this is not a political issue unless Obama starts mandating standing desks.

    I started standing at work in January and have noticed a difference. The corner of my desk actually elevates to waist height. I don’t feel as restless or sluggish and have lost a few pounds. I do sit down for lunch or if I just feel like sitting. I’ll usually only sit for 2-3 hours throughout the day. This is much better than 8 hours though. If you can get a standing desk, I’d highly recommend it.

  29. StaticKlingon says:

    Office workers can combat the ill effects of sitting by aggressively grinding their pelvises back and forth in their chairs. It will improve circulation greatly, and it won’t look odd. I promise.

    1. William Gates says:

      Hey, it works…I’m already feeling great! And it has also increased my productivity, I had a line of people not wanting to send me an email lined up at my door..as soon as I started this they all left…I am now free to get my work done! Thanks for the advice Static!

  30. William Gates says:

    So remember kids, get up plenty during the day, at least once in the morning to get doughnuts, again at lunch to go to McDonalds, and again in the afternoon to the vending machine.

  31. Tom says:

    Now all we need is the scientific study that will tell us that, if we all wil drag two ton blocks into a pyrimid shape a mile high, that the world will soon be free from fat. The word on the street is that we will just be taxed a buck for every pound we weigh per month. Can’t wait.

  32. John Galt says:

    This story is yet more proof that ‘Liberalism is a mental disorder’!
    Where else but San Francisco would a story like this dare to appear in print?

    1. sittingdownrightnow says:

      In a number of places, actually. This isn’t the first story about this to hit the internet.

    2. mcmikel61 says:

      Love your screen name … hope you don’t live in SF; the know-nothings would be baying at your door.

  33. Dawn says:

    If I stop sitting now will I be able to reverse the awful effects of years of sitting? And if so, how long will it take? Or is it too late for me (I’m 58). Gosh, I wish I’d known about this sooner.

  34. Granger says:

    actually, you all have it wrong, Obama doesn’t want us to sit, or stand…he wants us to kneel and pay homage to his greatness. So, kneeling, along with the revised food pyramid-into-a-michelle-concoction plate, will be standard government issue health wares.

  35. RolfCopter says:

    We needed a study for this?

    Breaking news: Sitting around on your fat ass all day is bad for you. Also breaking news, excercising is good for you.

  36. Hank Warren says:

    Endless useless studies, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. Red says:

      Dude, put down the Kool-Aid.

      This is a study that talks abotu the negative effects of sitting for long periods. It is NOT about the government! Not everything is. Are you suggesting that we DON’T do medical studies and not try to use them to find solutions to health problems?

  37. Wiffenpoof says:

    Quick! Ban sitting in all public places! Airplanes, casinos, work places, court rooms, hospitals, restaurants, bars, theaters, city parks, cars with children. Time to install the “1984” TVs into our houses to nake sure we are doing our daily exercises. I’d like to think I’m joking, but I see it as a soon to be reality.

  38. Dawn says:

    P.S.: Can I sue my chair manufacturer for not posting a warning on my chair?

  39. Don says:

    Really? We needed ANOTHER study to explain the obvious. How much taxpayer money for this useless study? Good grief, can we get a study on how much harm Liberals do to the country. Now, that would be a worthwhile study.

  40. Godsmessnger says:

    I wonder if his waiting room is a standing room only? He sounds like a pretty stand up guy! I guess after this report he’s standing tall. Hope he doesn’t have kids because he’d have a hard time finding a baby sitter.

  41. Jen says:

    …and in other news…… a new study released identified “life” as a terminal STD.

  42. StaticKlingon says:

    I am contacting Congressman Anthony Weiner to lead the charge in this “Stand UP When You Can” initiative. Yes we can!

  43. Brad Skidmore says:

    That does it! I am quiting my desk job and applying to be a porn star!

  44. Pundit says:

    Next Week: Harry Reid introduces legislation to ban chairs

  45. Fishingbum says:

    There must be a lawyer behind this. The suits from cops, truck drivers, airline pilots, etc., against their employers for increased health problems will soon follow.

  46. travisrscx says:

    Lets just start investing in giant boubles tio live in. Cause just waking up going outside could kill me any minute. Lets not foerget about the dangers of your house. Its just slowly killing you. Everything is as bad as smoking.

  47. teaj says:

    we better start giving desk job people at least 2 hours of paid work time to stand around. I’d be willing to wager this woman sits down after work too so that 7 hours a day maybe more like 22 hours a day? probably.

  48. knews5 says:

    Ban Sitting! Tax Sitting! Ban and Tax- that’s the answer to everything, isn’t it?

    1. Mad Max says:

      Our founding fathers would be so proud, wouldn’t they?


  49. MDWhite says:

    I’ve always been amused by the term “early death.” It implies that the actual date of someone’s death is known and that the person arrived early for the appointment.

    The same holds true for “died before his time.” To be accurate, if it wasn’t “his time”, he wouldn’t be dead. Everybody dies; everybody has their “time.”

    Truth is, we begin to die the moment we draw our first breath.

  50. StaticKlingon says:

    The real problem here is that manufacturers are allowed to install legs on their chairs. Ban chair legs and this problem goes away.

    If we could save just one!

  51. Mad Max says:

    Standing in the street can be dangerous too. I’ll bet some liberal is doing a study on that one right now…


  52. jimboster says:

    Considering the countless number of office jobs since the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s’s, 80’s, 90’s et al- shouldn’t everyone, more or less, be dead? I’m just waiting for our eminent Surgeon General to claim you can die if you sit down just once.

  53. teaj says:

    At my job when I go on break, which I usually don’t, I sit down because my feet hurt from back breaking labor. Wanna trade? Its for your own good.

  54. Patrick says:

    What’s the deal with people trying to politicize this? Isn’t it obvious that being sedentary for forty plus hours a week is unhealthy?

    1. teaj says:

      he’ll sign it sitting down.

  55. Mad Max says:

    Great! Now we can look forward to government mandated standing laws…


  56. Mad Max says:

    It’s a sure bet that president obummer will create a commision to further study standing in the workplace and at home…


  57. Patrick says:

    I propose Bill H249S01 To Ban all chairs by 2018.

    Just thought I would propose it before the government.

  58. Barry Sotero says:

    Are you kidding me? Sitting is deadly? Are you serious? Really? Sitting? Deadly? Is this for real? How stupid do you think we are?

    Just goes to show you there’s a quack somewhere in the world that’s willing to sound like an ass to get attention.

    1. Red says:

      Can you prove this guy’s a quack? He’s saying that sitting for long periods can cause health problems and guess what? It does. Not getting on your feet for any long period can be detrimental to your health.

      Or is that wrong?

  59. Lee Yarbrough says:

    Funny how most these days can turn anything political or that they are invading your rights.

    Most of you would not take a job that requires labor anyway. You want to sit at your desk and collect big money for no physical action at all. That is America today and you wonder why the job of building widgets got shipped overseas.

    No common sense. Just complaining about the things you have caused your self.

  60. bvdon says:

    The universe is infinitely large and our planet is a small speck, and each of us smaller still. And we’re going to die no matter what. So sit down, have a smoke, enjoy your limited time.

  61. gotwood4sale says:


    ‘Second hand ‘sitting. What about that? Is it harmful too?


  62. donfitness says:

    That settles it. We must tax sitting immediately!

  63. DoggieDog says:

    As an avid cyclist I have questions. I sit while riding my bike. This means that I sit at a higher rate of speed than others. Will my accelerated sitting cause me to die sooner or will it be mitigated by the exercise of riding the bike?

    1. Chase says:

      OMG Doggiedog that was so funny I dropped my cigarette on my chair! LOLOL!

  64. Who Cares says:

    Shows the importance of getting up and stretching…take a cigarette break.

  65. No1uKnow says:

    Living life almost ALWAYS leads to death.

  66. rpodulka says:

    Haven’t read the comment thread so I don’t know if this has been mentioned. As a architect I have advocated stand-up desks for many years. The old drafting tables were stand-up with a stool to sit on, lean against or simply ignore. It is a great way to work. A rail or some sort of step-up below the desk lets the user bring up one foot and is very helpful to relieving back strain.

    If you can get you company to switch. Ernest Hemingway, Donald Rumsfeld and many other famous people have found these arrangements to be excellent alternatives.

  67. Mac1000 says:

    It’s studies like this that make us all ignore studies.

  68. rk says:

    Is this study supposed to be groundbreaking or cutting edge? I wonder how much research was done to arrive at this conclusion. I wonder if taxpayer dollars funded this research (:

  69. Thinkforyourself says:

    Why don’t they do a study on fluoride and how it causes cancer? The same amount that is in one glass of most public water systems is the exact amount the toothpaste tube tells you to “seek medical attention” for.
    Fluoride also attacks the thyroid, causing lethargy.
    Fluoride is a carcinogen.
    Fluoride causes bone fluorosis (fragile, hard bones).
    Ingestion of fluoride has shown no measurable increase in the strength of teeth, it is only external application that makes a difference.

    If you don’t believe me, look around a bit. Think for yourself.

  70. scott says:

    So let me get this straight, the average life span of a human is now around 72 years old, so if I don’t sit my average life span will now be ? 74 ? 76? i think i’ll take the 72 and still sit.

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      This is the usual rationalization and justification we get from the hardcore chair addict. We can’t help you until you hit bottom. In the meantime, try to remember that Denial isn’t a river in Egypt. Hope that helps.

      1. scott says:

        complain and self reason all you want. I watched my Grandmother sit all the time, she lived to be 86.. so deny that.

  71. CleanFun says:

    The researcher in the photograph is probably terminal then. Just a matter of time now. Could be days, could be years …

  72. JC says:

    “If you think that hour of cardio you do every day negates the effect of your desk job, think again.”

    Has Dr. Mulvihill MET an American?

  73. Kevin Jacobs says:

    Great now my Health Insurance will charge me more for standing. Thankfully, I don’t sit and smoke at the same time…:)

  74. Jim Gattuso says:

    Supplemental stand-up desks like from standupdesks.com or schoolsin.com are growing in popularity even though they have been around for hundreds of years.

  75. StaticKlingon says:

    You can bet your a$$ that George W. Bush was in bed with Big Chair.
    To compound the problem, Mexican chair cartels are using their ill-gotten gains to buy off our politicians. I know it sounds wacky, but I think we should consider legalizing chair and diverting enforcement funds to treatment.

  76. The Human Dirt Clod says:

    So meditation is a suicidal practice, that’s what I thought.

  77. signspeaker says:

    The opening pages of “1984” reveal mandatory exercise is coming. That damn book reads like a step by step plan being followed, except no nukes….yet

  78. Texashorseman says:

    We have changed some of our desk heights and purchased directors chairs. Most stand and seem to be far more productive. IT not impossible to answer a phone work on a computer or eat lunch standing. Get off your butts.

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      A saddle is just another variety of chair. You’re fooling no one with this blatant hypocrisy! If PETA doesn’t have a chapter devoted entirely to eliminating saddles in our lifetime, it’s time we started one!

      Disclaimer: No animals were harmed or abused in the production of this post.

  79. DeserveLiberty says:

    We needed “new research” to be able to know this?

    How about: “Americans continue to become more and more stupid as they depend on experts to run their lives for them instead of relying on common sense.”

  80. Norman Bates says:

    We are not aloud to smoke in my place of work,so I have to get up and about 25 times a day. So that makes me the healthiest smoker in the whole building.

  81. Uncle Joe says:

    The Sturgeon Generalissemo has determined that LIVING can be hazardous to your health. Health-conscious citizens have therefore decided to STOP living. Future suggestions will be forthcoming from the EXPERTS.

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      Where is former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders when we could so desperately need a calm voice of reason in this highly volatile and divisive debate? She was so effective in garnering bi-partisan support for “teaching the children to masturbate.” So sad.
      Genius is often unappreciated in its own time.

  82. Wesley Yelsew says:

    Don’t leak this information to anyone in a wheelchair. My great great great great grandma might die from sitting before her 98th birthday this August.

  83. Yephora says:

    I refuse to take this report sitting down. Who else wants to take a stand?

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      If you don’t stand for something, you’ll sit still for anything.
      I’m tempted to walk away from this chair thing in disgust, but if you’re willing to take a stand, I’ll support you if you want to run for a seat in congress.

      1. mcmikel61 says:

        Sure, run for Congress, Static, but please don’t be a weiner about this.

    2. mcmikel61 says:

      I’m gonna take a seat and have a smoke.

      1. StaticKlingon says:


        Last I heard, Weiner declined to resign in favor of remaining a member in good standing.

  84. wuzmoo says:

    That sounds kinda crazy when you think about it.


  85. wuzmoo says:

    Should be interesting to see how it all works out.

  86. LJ84 says:

    This article may not be political and It may not be a political issue today but rest assured it will be. Legislation will be drafted to address the “public welfare” regarding this.

  87. lukuj says:

    Relax everyone1 In just a few years they will find sitting is healthy. Until then I guess we are supposed to stand all day like horses and cows while grazing on the fruits and veggies (if they don’t give us e coli) that we are told we must eat in greater quantities (until they discover fruits and veggies aren’t good for us either). I have pretty much given up listening to all of this. I eat and drink anything I want in moderation, walk frequently, take my vitamins. Other than that, let the chips fall where they may. I’m not going to live forever and I accept that. I am tired of being constantly warned that everything I do, eat, and drink that is pleasurable is bad for me.

  88. Rusty says:

    Let’s see. Don’t smoke, don”t drink anything other than water, chocolate’s off-limits, and eggs, and cheese. At some point, you just have to dig in your heels, and enjoy that plate of Eggs Benedict. No, not every morning, but once a month won’t kill you

  89. peterj says:

    I can hardly wait for the report on second hand sitting.

  90. G says:

    Id be interested to see if stimulus money paid for the study because it sure does seem to favor Michelle’s “Lets Move” campaign and Barry’s “get off my back about smoking” initiatives…logically, the study merely promotes common sense, so why else look into it without political motives

  91. Adam says:

    This is why I sit AND smoke. The two negatives cancel each other out! 🙂

  92. Charlie says:

    Here’s a link to a Sit/Stand desk. They’re a must have. http://www.csnstores.com/7-190-105-Maple-Cherry-Espresso-JJP1051.html

  93. JimK says:

    I just sat down for a smoke.

  94. Rusty says:

    It’s a barkalounger, but yeah, my 106 ln ass likes it. Get over your issues with lounge chairs. Jeez . . .

    1. Rusty says:

      meant 106 pound ass and barcalounger, but anyway . . .

  95. Zander_SIG says:

    Stop being a NANNY STATE!!!! WE DO NOT WANT IT!!!!

    I have major back problems, I can stand about 15 minutes then I have to sit! Stop worrying about me!

    Welcome to the USSA / Nanny / Police State!

  96. Ann/Tx says:

    My mother just turned 96, with no end in sight, & she’s been sitting in her recliner for over 40 years. Her mother passed at 86 & had been sitting in her rocking chair for about the same length of time. Genetics.

  97. Rusty says:

    Wasn’t the die thing supposed to happen roughly a month ago?

  98. larry says:

    Obama should sit down and relax when he smokes.

  99. heatherfeather says:

    Does that mean all these government bureaucRATS are going to drop dead soon?

  100. Hicks on hicks says:

    Now I have a reason to take a cigarette break

  101. StaticKlingon says:

    If we’re serious about this, we’ll demand a standing committee in Congress with an effective chairman.

  102. smartin says:

    THe government does NOT want people to stop buying tobacco. It just wants to collaborate with the drug company that sells nicotine replacement products to their mutual benefit. The government says smoking is so bad that it justified the higher taxes. But you will notice that no state, nor the Feds are suggesting banning the selling. So, it must be concluded that smoking at home around the kiddies is alright, but smoking in a bar is not. You might want to look up how much your state is getting in tobacco taxes. And then add the Federal tax to that. Johnson and Johnson sells Nicoderm, Nicorette, Nicotrol, Nicoderm CQ, and Commit Lozenges. They, and their “philanthropic arm” fund all this ban propaganda, and California grant spongers get the lion’s share! J&J’s new “war” on obesity started after they bought Splenda, and passed a bunch of smoking bans. J&J wanted to fatten everybody up before they announced that obesity now causes cancer and heart attacks.

  103. Mike of Austin says:

    We need to ban all sitting in public places to prevent second hand sitting. Lets burn all the chairs! A good old fashioned chair buring!

  104. mizltwizl says:

    What about all the varicose veins, foot problems and poor circulation of those who stand all day?

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      I saw this coming years ago and learned to hang from the ceiling like a bat. It’s the way to go if you care anything about your health.

  105. StaticKlingon says:

    Amazing coincidences. Unless I dreamed it, we started developing catastrophic holes in the ozone layer around the time that the Dupont patent on old bad freon was set to expire. Good thing we banned that nasty stuff and started using the new safe refrigerant they had ready for us. We have so many people in high places looking out for our well-being. We have much to be grateful for.

  106. Chase says:

    I can see it now, chair tax, chair czar, sitting fees and taxes, chair swat teams breaking down the door of grandmothers for spending their retirement years in a chair. Picture of Whistler’s mother in a rocking chair becoming contraband and illegal to show in or within 50 miles of a school. In general hard working US citizens who finance the success of the word being punished and fined for sitting around after working 8-12 hour days and giving up all vacations and recreational activities to pay all their other fines and fees and taxes. Of course illegal’s get a free pass and in addition recliners under a US tax financed chair stimulus program. And all of course congress and their “friends” will get waivers. etc, etc etc!!!

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      No civilized society would fail to implement reasonable lumbar support as part of the social safety net for the less fortunate among us. You know…the ones who failed to win life’s lottery? lumbar support is the right of every human being with the minor exception of working taxpayers. It is more or less a given that the backbone of society does not require lumbar support. It’s really absurd when you think about it. Isn’t it?

  107. jason says:

    So how long is an ‘extended’ period of time? Wish they’d say……

    1. StaticKlingon says:

      A morbidly obese Ohio man fused himself to a chair he had been sitting in for two years. I’m guessing that might qualify for an extended period. A$$ and fabric as one. A truly unique SITuation.

  108. David R. Usher says:

    Now, progressives have good reason to outlaw sitting in restaurants, businesses, government buildings, parks, hotels, and especially San Francisco and New York’s Central Park.

  109. Carol Denney says:

    “HealthWatch: Sitting Vs. Smoking
    June 8, 2011 9:59 PM
    Smoking cigarettes is the cause of so much preventable, deadly disease. But now new research shows sitting for long stretches of time may be just as dangerous.”
    Kpix Television Channel 5
    855 Battery Street
    (between Broadway St & Pacific Ave)
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    Dear KPIX,

    I don’t mind at all seeing your news program highlight the dangers of prolonged sitting. But the comparison to smoking is absurd.

    I appreciate that you need provocative leads to keep people’s attention. But you have implied that sitting and smoking are equivalent health detriments, and this is not the case; sitting is not a known carcinogen.

    Please be more careful. You owe it to the community that relies on you for information.


    Carol Denney
    1970 San Pablo Avenue #4
    Berkeley, CA 94702

    1. EROS says:

      Nice to see YOU are brainwashed about smoking.. lol

      Diseases are in your genes, a non smoker can get so called “smoking illnesses” so that theory is blown again.

    2. Dave the Brit says:

      Passive smoking is the biggest lie of the 21st century.

  110. wuzmoo says:

    Wowthats kinda crazy when you think about it.

  111. Kyle Higgins says:

    I have always suspected that adjustable desks, that would allow you to sit for short periods of time and easily raise up to standing height made a lot of sense. The problem has always been the cost. But the prices have come down A LOT. The last time I checked, you could get a fully electric, easily adjustable desk for $599.00. Here’s a link:


  112. J. Mayer says:

    I’m sorry but I never understood the “Get your heart pumping because its MUCH better for you” mentality.. Sure I believe in exercising, but in my opinion working your body over like that can’t be quite as good as everyone thinks.. Consider this.. If a car salesman came up to you and said “Make sure you rev the engine to redline at least 1 hour a day” would you believe its a good idea?

  113. Gerald Belton says:

    I’m really glad that you provided the link at the end of your article so I could go read the actual research. It doesn’t say what your article says it does.

    You talk about people sitting at work. The article specifically addresses “nonoccupational sitting behavior,” and “screen-based entertainment.” In other words, it’s a study of how people spend their leisure hours, not their work hours.

  114. RobbieK says:

    My God, another stupid Liberal study to try and tell everyone how to live and a study to keep a bunch of Liberals employed! Tell you what, but I’ll sit as much as I want; ride my mountain bike as much as I want; drink as much coffee as I want; fire as many bullets through my weapons as I want; drive however many miles I want; and smoke if I desire to! Is it 2012 yet?

  115. RobbieK says:

    Saying that smoking kills, is only theory. I don’t smoke, but I sure love the smell of a cigar and cigarette now and then. Why isn’t smoking a joint listed here? One joint is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes and pot is chock full of mercury. So idiots who smoke pot most certainly sit alot, so will the combination kill you sooner? Michelle Obama says eating fast food will kill you, but she eats like a horse and most of it is junk food. Unbelievable!

  116. John C says:

    To maintain health you must have adequate amounts of exercise, rest and nutrition.

    But to say that an hour of cardio every day doesn’t negates the effects of your desk job, is simply not true.

  117. Jon Weiss says:

    I would love for the people who wrote this article to explain my case. I served a 22 year career in the U.S. military. I ate a healthy diet, kept my weight inside the parameters, exercised regulary and had all of my lab results inside the norms. After the military I continued to excerised regualrly and maintained the same habits as when I was in service, never smoked a day in my life, and drank only on occasion, maybe a beer or glass of wine with dinner. Then two years after retirement from the Army, I began having spells of fatigue. Blood tests revealed that I had acute Myeloid Leukemia. Yep that healthy living did me a lot of good…didn’t it?

  118. Jon Weiss says:

    From American College of Cardiology report :
    “Although some evidence suggests that prolonged sitting is linked to CVD risk factor development regardless of physical activity participation, studies with hard outcomes are scarce.”

    So once again the media sells us half baked unproven theories as “Fact”.

  119. Jon Weiss says:

    The Galaxy is exapnding, we need to deploy graviton generators to hold the celestial bodies in position and prevent further expansion, if we don’t, in two maybe three billion years interplanetary travel sill be impossible, even with Warp Drive.

  120. Fuzzlenutter says:


    F-O-R T-H-E C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N!

    BAN IT! BAN IT! BAAAAAAAAAAN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. Getting older....and wiser ;) says:

    7 hours.???…breaks???…..how about 10 hours….no breaks….except one or two bathroom visits…..eat lunch while working at a desk….SITTING……..ahhh the glorious life of WALL STREET……..and NO, I do not make millions….not even CLOSE!!! I do eat reasonably well and run, bike, walk etc…..and feel really good for 46 years old….well, with the exception of the achy joints and occasional muscle tweaks. Peace 🙂

  122. dust says:

    I suppose they are going to take away wheel chairs then make the disabled and smokers wear helium balloons.

    It’s safe to smoke as long as you float.

    1. Jon Weiss says:

      No, Hydrogen ballons that way they can go out with a bang.

    2. Jeff Ehmann says:

      I am in a wheelchair, but I have a device that allows me to stand up. I stand approximately two hours a day. You really appreciate standing when it’s taken away from you

  123. Gerne Blanston says:

    So we should only smoke while standing? Or lying down?

  124. BF says:

    WOW! This has gone all over the place. This article is explaining what we all already know. If we don’t take care of our self we will die fat. The fact is that at one point we will die. But the point of this article to be better interpreted is, if we eat right, and not sit for so long periods of time, we may live life a little healthier. We all may not like the new health law, but others do. I don’t agree that we have to pay for others health insurance, unless it is my family, but on the other hand I am glad that people can no longer be denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
    If we would take the energy we all used to respond to this article and use it to truly research our political prospects or candidates without excluding candidates because of their political party association, we would probably end up with a better government. We may complain about our government, politicians, and the laws they create, but remember one thing, it is we the people who vote for them and hire them to work for us or against us. In reference to the big Corporations and their lobbies who corrupt our government into making the wrong decisions, well we may also be at fault for this, as the main consumers of the products and services they provide. Remember we the consumer have made them this powerful, but go ahead and continue to complaint about our government, sit at your chairs and type away on and show your anger about our government, and the laws created on sites or articles like this one. The truth is we will never fix it this way. Spend your time writing to your government, local, State, and Federal and let them know your disappointments. If this was done collectively they will listen.

  125. Craig says:

    can u get lung cancer from sitting too much?

  126. seenbetterdaze says:

    Ban Cigarettes! Tobacco is BAD, but POT? POT’s okay.
    Limosine Liberals, want US to drive toy cars, to save the planet!
    But they ride their LIMOS, Smoke pot, and have SEX in the back, and burn lots of Gas! They want US to Save the Planet so they can HAVE IT ALL…Saving the Planet means PAY MORE TAXES to the ELITE.

  127. question says:

    How do this study account for the millions of people sitting around in nursing homes?

  128. alan stuckert says:

    So San Francisco will likely be the first city to require waning labels on all public sats “Warning sitting can be dangerous to your health.”
    How will they deal with “Second hand sitting” Are pay sitting meters in public places far behind.

  129. kroley says:

    birth is the single biggest cause of death. chew on that for a while, stupid pukes.

  130. pedro says:

    in the interests of fairness … perhaps sitting, for over a certain number hours per day should be taxed … rather like us, pariah smokers … or rather not like the obese, who are not taxed … lets also tax illegal drugs, heaven and hell forbid, … lets be nuts and legislate and tax fairly ::.

  131. Barkley Pontree says:

    I agree. That is why every hour I get out of my chair, walk down 4 flights of stairs, step outside and have a cigarette

  132. RobertB says:

    I never stand when I can sit, and I never sit when I can lay down.

    Winston Churchill

  133. Fred Ziffle says:

    So I should smoke standing up?

  134. Jon Weiss says:

    If exercise is healthy, why have several pro athletes died from heart attacks and some have died on the field of play whiel engaging in exercise. Pete Maravich died while playing a game of Basketball. Basketball player Reggie Lewis died of heart attack during a pregame practice. But if they must have a case of an athlete dying while bot sitting and in the performance of their sport, there is always Frank Hayes, a jockey who died from a heart attack while riding his horse Sweet Kiss to victory at Belmont Park.

    I beleive as Redd Foxx once said,

    “One of these days you’ll feel like a damned fool laying in the hospital dying from nothing.”

  135. Jon Weiss says:

    I plan to sit a lot, in my recliner. If Dr. Mulvihill, M.D. should ever come visit my home I’ll hide all that chairs so she can stand for the duration of her visit.

  136. Stacy says:

    Hmmm.. Who do you think has more knee and back pain after 10 years? The cashier who stands all day or the computer programmer who sits down to work 12 hours a day?

    A nice comfortable chair is the best medicine. Where is it written if you sit down all day youre instantly fat? I am not fat at all, though I do consume a lot of diet soda!!!

  137. StaticKlingon says:

    The obvious compromise between standing and sitting is resting on your knees.

  138. Flippy says:

    …Or just get a better chair

  139. kentex1146 says:

    Pass a law…………local, state or federal. That will solve it.

  140. Flippy says:

    Like this one –

    I have one and can sit for hours without ill-effect. But getting up periodically is always advisable.

  141. Mike from Lakewood says:

    I have personal experience to conform this report. After thirty years with well known defense company, I retired last year. Most of my working day was sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Even though I walked 45 to 60 minutes a day during the work day, I suffered from chronic back pain, swollen ankles, facial nerve tremors and pain in both arms from keyboard activities. Within 2 months after retiring, all of these symptoms were gone and my blood pressure has dropped also.

  142. Sven M says:

    I’m amazed at how everything turns political. All I see here are a bunch of bitter, sarcastic, angry, immature, closed-minded people. As for the article, just image our caveman ancestors sitting and staring at a rock for eight ours a day. It’s obviously not normal and not what our bodies are adapted to do. It’s the same reasoning that shows you that constant overeating and staying up very late all the time are unhealthy. C’mon it’s obvious…

  143. mike says:

    So now we can’t sitdown anymore.
    Is there anything that isn’t going to kill me

  144. Burt says:

    In that case, we need to outlaw sitting in all resturaunts,public places and even in your home if there are minors living there who might be negatively impacted by your self-destructive behaviour. Anyone sitting on their job should immediately be fired before they have a health crisis and blame the company for negligence in not enforcing “no sitting” local,state and federal ordinances.
    Fact: Over 1.7 million people die from diseases related to sitting every day worldwide.

  145. Daniel Morgan says:

    In the light of such a serious threat to our health and the huge cost to our health system, it is necessary that all chairs and sofas come with a warning label that extended sitting is dangerous to your health and that they not be sold to any person under 18th years of age. In addition, a Federal Bureau of Sitting should be created and given extreme regulatory powers and funded with one trillion dollars and that schools be declared “Chair Free Zones,” with a zero tolerance policy for children caught sitting. I am only kidding, but some stupid liberal will probably take me serious. Are you listening, Michelle O.?

  146. zef says:

    Bah Humbug, so another stupid highly paid study telling us not to sit, funny I can remember another study that said that too much standing was not good for you, and at that time I was doing warehouse work where I had to stand for hours on end, so now I work in IT and sit in front of a monitor for most of the day,
    well here’s my bottom line, we’re all going to die anyway so you might as well try to enjoy life inspire of what all these so called experts say, end.

  147. BobDR says:

    I want to do a study too. Can I have a grant for a few million $$$??? I promise I’ll come up with something really controversial that will make a nice press piece. It’ll probably be pretty stupid too, but as long as I have the money in advance, no problem.

  148. Fred says:

    Ahhhhh yes.. more leftist brainwashing to control our lives.

    Makes me now wonder if smoking is even all that bad when they make garbage up like this.

    Next up “No sitting at work.. it will cost us money on our insurance premiums.”

    1. Dve the Brit says:

      Smoking is bad…..passive smoking isn’t

  149. Atlas shrugging says:

    C’mon people. This is not a liberal or conservative issue (For the record I am a conservative). It is common sense that being sedentary leads to being fat which in turn leads to being dead. DUH! The part I hate about this whole thing (the real liberal part) is that my tac dollars went to fund a study to tell us us that being inactive is bad for us. As I stated this is common sense and if you don’t have enough to know this then you may as well get fat and die. No big loss.

  150. Bill says:

    There is NASA an agency noted for flinging individuals into space at out of this world bloated bureaucratic prices. But now leaving the Earth has been made affordable through a free enterprise funded program called ASSA.
    Assa, in its lack of tax payer funding and cost effective zeal, ignores rocketry and Earth’s orbit altogether and uses widely available sitting chairs to send off the common into the vast and widely unexplored Astral Plane.

  151. SaintLo says:

    Shawn Clark. You want someone to tell you what to do? Sit down and shut up.

  152. Bert Parks says:

    Now you fat conservatives Limbaugh types SHOULD get up off your lazy butts and move. You’ll be the first to complain about the costs of healthcare while you’re reaching for your sixth piece of cheesecake. Oh but don’t listen to anything science has to say. If “Thou shalt not sit all day” was a commandment you’d all be Olympic athletes.

  153. kardonius says:

    From the study link
    “Two hundred fifteen CVD events and 325 any-cause deaths occurred during 19,364 follow-up person-years. The covariable (age, sex, ethnicity, obesity, smoking, social class, long-standing illness, marital status, diabetes, hypertension)-adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for all-cause mortality was 1.52 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.06 to 2.16) and for CVD events was 2.30 (95% CI: 1.33 to 3.96) for participants engaging in ≥4 h/day of screen time relative to <2 h/day. Adjusting for physical activity attenuated these associations only slightly (all-cause mortality: HR: 1.48, 95% CI: 1.04 to 2.13; CVD events: HR: 2.25, 95% CI: 1.30 to 3.89). Exclusion of participants with CVD events in the first 2 years of follow-up and previous cancer registrations did not change these results appreciably. Approximately 25% of the association between screen time and CVD events was explained collectively by C-reactive protein, body mass index, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol."

    So the hazard ratio for cardiovascular disease events related to <=4 hrs a day of "screen time" was 2.30% and that's almost equivalent to CV risk from smoking? Either the this article is completely over-reacting, or smoking isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be.

  154. Dave says:

    I get up every hour and walk 10min. I can afford to have a home business. I run a mile 3 times a week. Eat healthy, bmi is 21, and never smoked. I guess I’ll live to 100?

  155. Martha Fitzsimmons says:

    OMG! How does research information, meant to inform people, turn into a political bashing of the party you do not belong to? I must say that, in this regard, the Republicans seem very nasty. This information is being put out there to educate you….other people smoking costs me money. People with poor health costs me money. Yes, not all people who smoke die young – be real, 90% DO have health complications. True, some atheletes drop dead while exercising – about .5%….the rest benefit from it. If you do not like this information, don’t pay attention. Sit around, smoke cigarettes, and die young. Fortunately, we will in a free country. I just prefer not to pay for the stupidity of other people. Martha N. Fitzsimmons, MD, PhD, independent voter

  156. Wow, the same people who are not very active also sit a lot during that inactivity. What news! How scientific!

    Sitting isn’t the only way to be inactive, you know. I suppose if these people were laying down for 8 hours a day their bodies wouldn’t have the same metabolic changes? This story is a complete waste of time. Unless, however, you’re a researcher who has mastered the technique of making old points seem new and interesting so that people will give you research grants, and so that you can give the journalists something to write into a story people will click on (and look at the ads which accompany it).

  157. fritzy says:

    Judging by many of the face-palm worthy comments, it’s no wonder we’re a country failing not only in personal health but scientific endeavors as well. As a healthcare provider, all I can do is roll my eyes and sigh…

  158. dave says:

    The same logic applies to fat people as smokers. It’s time for fatties to pay a price for their bad habits, too.

  159. anbiethc says:

    Dr. Coven must not forget those who can’t walk but must be confined to a wheelchair from illness, birth defects, and accidents. And he must also be remembered that people can’t stand for long periods of time without moving First of all, there is one person who is still alive and he suffers from ALS and has been confined to a wheelchair, which means he have no choice but to sit for a long time. It is unrealistic for Dr. Coven to ignore the fact that there are those who can’t walk and who must sit in a wheelchair. How can he explain to them that they must exercise or face death when they can’t do some of the things they probably used to do when they could once walk. So why is he is taking a devil’s stance on siting when in fact sitting is always unavoidable for those who can’t stand or walk? What kind of message is this ignorant doctor is giving to those people who have these disabilities?

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    That is why stretching is so important or walking for those who have jobs that require long periods of sitting.

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