Prolonged Sitting: Impact Worse in Kids than Adults
October 8, 2015•9 min
Why was it important to study the effect of prolonged sitting in children?Researchers have found that prolonged sitting can be extremely dangerous for your health. In fact, some believe that sitting for long periods of time is just as bad as smoking.The health risks of sitting too much mostly affect those with desk jobs. Even if you go to the gym in the morning, the amount of sitting you do at work, followed by sitting in front of the TV at home, can outdo that hour of physical activity.However, new research shows that sitting for children is just as bad (or possibly worse) as it is for adults.A recent study, published in Experimental Physiology, found that children all over the world sit for about eight-and-a-half hours every day.What risks do children face if they sit for long periods of time?Listen in as Ali McManus, PhD, shares the recent research that shows sitting for long periods of time is just as bad in children as adults, if not worse.