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Is Prolonged Sitting The New Smoking?

Ever since Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic coined the phrase “Sitting is the new smoking”, there have been debates if this is truly so. Some health gurus made this phrase their mantra and inspired other people worldwide to work on their desk standing. On the other hand, some people think that the phrase sounds like a curse.

Studies showed that prolonged sitting is linked to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases --- the same health problems linked to smoking. This comparison became the reason why the phrase came to be.

And if we are going to look at the chart below, it seems that Americans are sedentary more than half of the day.

Is it really true?

Let the Numbers Speak For Themselves