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'Health bomb' warning over 14 hours a day spent sitting down

Published on 20/05/2010
A study has revealed that people spend an unhealthy amount of time sitting down.

The combination of commuting to work, a day at the office and an evening spent watching TV or on the computer means the average adult spends 14 hours and 39 minutes sitting down every day.

Zoe Hellman, dietician for Weight Watchers, which conducted the poll, said that such a sedentary lifestyle poses a serious health risk to the population.

"To spend over half our day sitting down is a health bomb waiting to happen," she said.

"We know that it can seem difficult to find the time to exercise, but there are ways to introduce it into even the busiest lifestyles."

Ms Hellman recommended walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift and parking further from the shops as easy ways to be more active.

At an average of four hours and 17 minutes a day, the longest period of time spent sitting is at work, the study found, followed by two hours and 27 minutes for watching TV.

The World Health Organisation estimates that around 60 per cent of the world's population does not undertake the daily recommended amount of physical activity.
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