New research suggests prolonged sitting is just as effective a killer as smoking. Inactivity can lead to obesity and chronic pain. In July 2012, The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, published a series of alarming reports, confirming that physical inactivity is a huge health risk.
Sitting is the new smoking. This is what health experts are concluding after seeing the research about the 'pandemic of inactivity' in modern times. Today sitting forms the bulk of our day. We're averaging 9.3 hours a day of sitting, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. Sitting is so prevalent that we don't even question how much we're doing it. And, because everyone else is doing it too, it doesn't even occur to us that sitting for so much of the day is extremely unhealthy.
- The Lancet, 18 July 2012
"Inactivity is causing 5.3 million deaths per year. Further, this is very similar to the number of deaths attributed by the World Health Organization to tobacco smoking, and one of the papers in this series calculated the population attributable risk to be very similar for tobacco and inactivity"