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The increasing number of reports against sitting time may soon drive people away from desk jobs. In another study by scientists from the University of Sydney, it came to light that adults sitting for more than 11 hours on a daily basis seemingly faced increased risk of mortality.

As part of this study, approximately 200,000 individuals were inspected. Factors such as physical activity, body mass and general health were taken into account.

study lead author Dr Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, commented, “These results have important public health implications. That morning walk or trip to the gym is still necessary, but it’s also important to avoid prolonged sitting. Our results suggest the time people spend sitting at home, at work and in traffic should be reduced by standing or walking more.”

According to the observations, adults who sat for more than 11 hours each day appeared to face 40% increased risk of death, as compared to those who sat for less number of hours. Physical activity has been encouraged in almost every health article we read. In this analysis too, it came forward as an important predictor of good health.

Inactive people who spent more time sitting apparently encountered 2 times the risk of mortality in a span of 3 years relative to active persons who sat less. The team has urged professionals to prescribe reduced sitting time for individuals.

The study is published in the March 27 issue of the journal, Archives of Internal Medicine.