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Posts for tag: sitting

By New Bedford Chiropractor
June 26, 2013
Category: low back pain

Sitting Is The New Smoking!

Prolonged sitting at work, in the car, or at home, isn’t limited to causing low back pain.

In the 05/25/13 edition of the Los Angeles Times, Anup Kanodia, a doctor / researcher at the Center for Personalized Health Care located at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center stated, "Sitting is the new smoking."

Dr. Kanodia was citing an October 2012 Australian study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  

According to the study, which compared sitting and smoking, each hour of TV that people watched while sitting, decreases lifespan by about 22 minutes.  And in the study it was estimated that smokers shorten their lifespan by about 11 minutes per cigarette.

So if you think about, sitting down to watch TV while smoking can be pretty unhealthy.

I mean like watching a horror movie unhealthy, where you want to shout at the screen.  “Don’t sit in that chair, it will kill you!  No!!!  Don’t light up that cigarette!  It means certain death!  I can’t watch...he’s going for the bag of Doritos!  Tell me when it’s over.