Americans spend an astonishing amount of time sitting down and it’s not good

Researchers found that both adults and teens have increased their seated time by nearly an hour a day from 2007 to 2016. Wow!

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If you feel like you’re strapped to a chair all day, you probably are, according to a new study.

Americans spend nearly a third of their day sitting down, taking life from a seat with adolescents leading the pack. US teens are sitting around eight hours while adults sit almost 6 ½ hours a day, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that both adults and teens have increased their seated time by nearly an hour a day from 2007 to 2016. The compiled data included school and workloads, but the study also found that Americans of all ages have increased their computer time.

“It’s very concerning when there’s such an increase in sitting time on a national level across all age groups, especially taking into consideration the health risks that come with this,” Dr. Yin Cao, the author of the study conducted by Washington Univesity in St. Louis, said, via the Guardian.

There are medical risks attributed to sitting down for too long. A study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2018 claimed too much leisure time increased your chances of death from multiple causes including cancer, stroke and other ailments.


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Kyle Schnitzer|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at kschnitzer@theladders.com.