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Series looks at the physiology of sedentary behavior


Travis Saunders, writing for the excellent PLoS blog Obesity Panacea, has just kicked off a five-part series on sedentary physiology:

How much sedentary time do we accumulate on a daily basis?

. . .Several studies have aimed to quantify the amount of time that both adults and children spend sitting on a regular basis, and all have found it to be an incredibly large portion of the day. For example, a recent nationally representative survey of more than 5700 Americans found that the average sedentary time was just over 8 hours per day.

These should make for some interesting reading - sitting in a nice, comfy chair, or perhaps lounging on a supple couch.

Previously: Stanford hosts conference on the science of sedentary behavior, Is your child getting enough excercise?, and Does TV watching, or prolonged sitting, contribute to child obesity rates?
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