Maybe sitting isn’t the new smoking. Or even the new soft drink.
A recent study pushes back on the increasingly popular theory that sitting for hours on end is a significant detriment to one’s health.
“Sitting time was not associated with all-cause mortality risk,” concludes a recent analysis of the WhiteHall II study, which examined the work practices, lifestyles and health of thousands of government workers in London beginning in 1985.
The most recent analysis, published online last week by the International Journal of Epidemiology, focused on the employees who, beginning in 1997, where asked about their sitting behavior at work. Were those who sat for longer periods of time more likely to have since died than those who reported shorter sitting periods?
Study participants were queried on their sitting habits in and out of the workplace. How many hours did they spend sitting during their commute to the office? How many hours did they spend watching TV?
The report found no evidence that more time on one’s posterior led to less overall time on earth.