Sitting down watching TV for long periods is ‘dangerous’, scientists say

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We all know that we should be more active but a new study has revealed that the sitting and watching television can cause a number of health problems in later life.

The study examined data from more than 340,000 men and over 226,000 women in the United States aged between 50 and 71 for 10 years.

The study found that sitting for long periods was harmful especially if combined with low levels of activity.

The research found that those who sit for five hours or more a day had a 65% higher risk of having mobility disabilities in later life, compared to those who spent less than 2 hours a day sedentary.

The study found that those who had less than three hours per week of physical activity had an even greater risk of developing walking difficulties.

“Sitting and watching TV for long periods (especially in the evening) has got to be one of the most dangerous things that older people can do,” said Professor Loretta DiPietro, lead author of the study from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The recommended amount of exercise is a minimum of 10 minutes each day. Research shows that anyone completing that would be 15% less likely to have an early death, 40% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, 35% less likely to suffer heart problems and 30% less likely to get dementia.

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