Choosing to sit on the couch for extended hours may make you a “couch potato,” with many claiming that this level of inactivity inevitably leads to poor health, primarily caused by weight gain. However, a new study from the University of Otago has found that while sitting is bad for you, it is unlikely the cause of your weight gain.
Many previously done studies have found that those who spent more than four hours a day in front of a television or computer had a nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause and about 125 percent increase in the risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease.
Sitting is associated with negative health effects, maybe not weight gain
The solution was to simply stand more and sit less, as this promoted calorie burning and encouraged muscle activity. Those who chose to sit for long periods are considered to be linked to a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and excess body fat.
However, the researchers of this particular study wanted to know whether it was simply sitting for long stretches of time that is making people gain weight