Sitting Too Much Harms Your Health

The Sitting Disease

Most people are affected by the “sitting disease” at some point their lives.


We live in a sitting down world. We sit in our cars, sit in the office, then get home and sit down again.


It sounds harmless, but inactivity causes all sorts of health problems. Our bodies were designed to be used. Many scientists now think that prolonged sitting is the reason for the increase in cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


To make matters worse, exercising after too much inactive sitting doesn’t prevent the “sitting disease.”


According to the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Edward R. Laskowski, research shows that sitting for long periods of time is linked to several health concerns¹.


  • Obesity
  • Increased blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Excess body fat
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer

What is the Sitting Disease?

The "sitting disease" is a term commonly used that refers to a cluster of negative health effects, occurring together, that can be caused by too much inactive sitting (sedentary lifestyle).


The name name of this cluster of conditions is "metabolic syndrome²" and includes:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Excess body fat around the waist
  • Abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels


Metabolic syndrome increases your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

The Sitting Disease in Numbers

  • A January 2010 British Journal of Sports Medicine article suggests that people who sit for long periods of time have an increased risk of diseasem like obesity, abnormal glucose metabolism, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and cancer, as well as total mortality.6
  • A 2008 Vanderbilt University study of 6,300 people published in the American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that the average American spends 55% of waking time (7.7 hours per day) in sedentary behaviors such as sitting.3
  • Women who were inactive and sat over 6 hours a day were 94% more likely to die during the time period studied than those who were physically active and sat less than 3 hours a day.4
  • Men who were inactive and sat over 6 hours daily were 48% more likely to die than their standing counterparts.4
  • Three out of four full-time employees of large companies wish they didn't spend most of their working hours sitting.5
  • Two thirds of full-time employees (67%) agree - including 25% who strongly agree - that they wish their employer offered workstations or desks that could be adjusted so that they could work either seated or standing.5

Learn More

Learn more about the sitting disease and how living a sedentary lifestyle negatively affects your health by clicking on the links links below.



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1. What are the risks of sitting too much? Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.


2. Metabolic syndrome. Mayo Clinic.


3. Amount of time spent in sedentary behaviors in the United States, 2003-2004.


4. The American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort: rationale, study design, and baseline characteristics.




6. Ekblom-Bak EHellénius MEkblom B
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