A little sitting, a lot of risk

Maybe chairs need warning labels like cigarettes — because the risks of too much sitting are every bit as bad as smoking.

And in some ways, they’re even worse.

Sitting can slow the body’s metabolism to a crawl, which is why it’s been linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even death — and a new study makes the connection again, especially in men.

The more you sit, the higher your risk — and all it takes for your own chronic disease risk to climb is four hours a day in a chair.

That’s just half a normal workday. (more…)