Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Americans Sit More Than They Sleep

Obesity kills 10 times more Americans than tobacco, but that doesn’t stop people from spending most of their day in a chair. In an opinion piece for the Harvard Business Review, Nilofer Merchant, the founder and former CEO of Rubicon, describes how sitting has usurped smoking as the biggest public health threat to our nation.
“As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. We’re averaging 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. Sitting is so prevalent and so pervasive that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. … Sitting is the smoking of our generation.”
This excessive amount of sitting contributes to expanding waistlines, putting people at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer. Ms. Merchant found a novel way to cut down the amount of sitting in the workplace – walking meetings. Read Merchant’s op-ed and check out the infographic below on the dangers of excessive sitting.

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