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Opalesque Life: The hidden hazards of a desk job

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

There is more to life than finance! Therefore, we have created a new column as a useful addition to our comprehensive financial news coverage. Opalesque Life will touch on vital aspects of your life, such as health, psychology, business skills, travel, leadership, environment, etc. Enjoy!

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva : - According to the American Time Use Survey released by the Labor Department last week, Americans spent last year a bit more time watching TV than in 2011: 2 hours and 50 minutes a day, up from 2 hours and 45 mins (see WSJ Graphics here). Which means, more often than not, a bit more time spent sitting down.

This reminded me of some studies that came out in the last couple of years about this activity which we don’t think twice about; sitting down. Sitting down, it seems, is not as harmless as it looks. Indeed, it can apparently facilitate chronic diseases.

A 2012 study found that people who spend more than four hours a day sitting down are at greater risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and even cancer. Six hours and the risks increase. More than eight hours a day and your chances of dying prematurely increase. All that applies even if you practice some sports otherwise.

In the International Journal of Behavioral Nutritio......................

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