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HealthWatch: Sitting Vs. Smoking

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A doctor sits at her desk. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

A doctor sits at her desk. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Reporting Kim Mulvihill, M.D.

(CBS 5) - Smoking cigarettes is the cause of so much preventable, deadly disease. But now new research shows sitting for long stretches of time may be just as dangerous.

"Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases," explained Dr. David Coven, cardiologist with St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.

Dr. Coven said several new studies show prolonged sitting is now being linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even early death.

"The fact of being sedentary causes factors to happen in the body that are very detrimental," said Dr. Coven.

Dr. Coven says when you sit for long periods of time; your body goes into storage mode,

When that happens, it stops working as effectively as it should. What's worse, the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of developing one or more of these diseases, just as with smoking.

Linda Caufield has a desk job. She sits nearly seven hours a day.

"I'm on the computer, I'm on the phone, I'm doing paperwork so all that stuff has to be done at my desk," she said.

Linda had no idea her desk was so deadly, noting how "sitting is probably killing me."

Paul Golin says he was sitting up to eight hours a day. But after a recent heart health scare, he bought a "stand up" desk. It's a contraption that rests on a treadmill.

"I turn on the treadmill and walk for about an hour a day," said Golin.

Golin's measures may seem extreme but so are the consequences of sitting. Dr. Coven recommeded to just get up and move when you can.

"Any time you get the blood pumping, the blood moving, it stimulates the organs to do things that are healthier," said Coven.

If you think that hour of cardio you do every day negates the effect of your desk job, think again.

So get up at the office at any chance you get, don't send emails when you can deliver the message in person, take the stairs, stand up when you take a phone call. And don't forget to take your breaks, and take a walk.

To view research from American College of Cardiology, click here.

Other research on effects of sedentary behavior:

Karolinska Institutet editorial, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

Sitting time and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer

Leisure time sedentary behavior and metabolic syndrome

Leisure time sitting and mortality in U.S. adults

Sedentary Behavior & Cancer

Sedentary Behavior & Colorectal Cancer

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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tim

here we go again. another liberal study to give greedance to their existance. As get older you are going to sit more. no one has the same DNA or genes and no one has the right to tell others how to live.

June 9, 2011 at 6:36 am | Reply | Report comment

Beetle

You do if you are a Democrat!!!!

June 9, 2011 at 6:44 am | Reply | Report comment

Shawn Clark

what a stupid comment. if in any way shape or form you get healthcare assistance, including individual health insurance because that spreads risk around and can raise others premiums you should be told what to do. however if your paying totally out of pocket i don't care what you do to yourself because it doesn't affect me. however at this point with 66% of americans being overweight many obese you lost your right to choose for yourself.

June 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

Jon Weiss

Democrats do like pounding on others over nothing.

June 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

mac

Relax buddy. Why don't you just have a seat and not get so bent out of shape. Just something to think about. That's all. But I don't want to tell you what to do or anything.

June 9, 2011 at 6:44 am | Reply | Report comment

zombierocket

"But I don't want to tell you what to do or anything." - HAHAHAHA You just did.

June 9, 2011 at 6:48 am

Stefan

Nobody's telling you what to do, there's no "liberal" conspiracy :) It's just common sense. We're talking about risk factors here. Obviously we have different genes, one can drink smoke and be a couch potato and live 80 but chances are not.

June 9, 2011 at 6:50 am | Reply | Report comment

David Timmins

It's G.W.'s fault! He's responsible for 9/11, JFK and my dog's death!
:)

June 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

lcs

I'd say being hateful and obsessed with liberals is bad for your health as well.

June 9, 2011 at 7:09 am | Reply | Report comment

MikeTheHammer

100% correct, and I'm a conservative. Don't understand why "everything" must be political for some. Great comment.

June 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

Jingly

Amen man! Some people will make 2+2=4 a political argument

June 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

StaticKlingon

Oh, it's so obvious to anyone but the hopelessly naive…….."They" have raised gas prices as far as possible without fomenting a rebellion, so now that you can longer sit in your car, "They" are coming after your Lazy Boy. Along with your smokes, your sodas and your french fries. At least have the decency to buy a green chair.
You deniers are killing the planet! We're all gonna die!

June 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

StaticKlingon

Until politicians lose the ability to use information to sway public opinion and pass laws, it's all political.

June 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

RobbieK

Uhm, you don't sound like your part of the 52% of Americans who are Conservative, and I'm sure you are a Liberal.

June 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Shawn Clark

yup stress kills too :-)

June 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

Grunty

This is just a prelude to taxing people for sitting on their duffs. Obamie has to pay for the healthcare fiasco somehow. Wonder if they will put some kind of gismo on our rears to record how long we sit.

June 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

shempus

actually it is quite healthy to feel consternation for leftie miscreants. cathartic.

June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

MikeTheHammer

"greedance"? What the hell is that?

June 9, 2011 at 7:23 am | Reply | Report comment

Jimbo Limbo

You never heard of Greedance Glearwater Gravel Robble?

June 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Snarfles

What's wrong with being healthy? You don't HAVE to do it. It's just that if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle you should move more. It's not a political thing, it's just common sense.

June 9, 2011 at 7:25 am | Reply | Report comment

Dan

Good, go be healthy and STFU - and don't forget to work hard so you can pay for my healthcare!

June 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

Jack

You're an idiot.No one has to sit more just because they are older. No one is telling others how to live

June 9, 2011 at 7:54 am | Reply | Report comment

Derek

Wow Tim, you are kind of a dumb a** huh? To give "greedance?" And why does this have anything to do with liberal or conservative? Because the study warns of being sedentary? Yeah, I definitely see how warning fat Americans that being lazy is part of the liberal agenda.
You appear to be nothing more than another impressionable underachiever who can't distinguish between reality and the nonsense that Rush and Sean spew daily…

June 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply | Report comment

nanibold

No one has the right to tell others how to live? Of course they don't. And this article is obviously not trying to dictate your behaviour at all. They see health risks associated with sitting around a lot, and they report it. You yourself decide whether you want to stay sedentary or not. But you're a moron, and would rather see it as some kind of liberal conspiracy.

I wonder where people like you live… I've never met someone with your special brand of stupidity…

June 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply | Report comment

seenitall

This study is full of it. I worked in Assisted Living for over a decade. All these people do is sit and they're living on and on and on… Look in the nursing homes, Alzheimer's unit. Sad, but true. This study is bunk.

June 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply | Report comment

Jordan Haas

You sound fat.

June 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply | Report comment

Joe Doakes

How many of you just stood up?

June 9, 2011 at 6:42 am | Reply | Report comment

Tom Kron

Studies also show half of all heart attacks occur to obese people getting up out of their chairs.

June 9, 2011 at 8:12 am | Reply | Report comment

MadCharles

What freedoms are they after now ?

June 9, 2011 at 9:34 am | Reply | Report comment

Joe Doakes

Your God given right to do absolutely nothing!

June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

DusterMH53J

I guess we sitting smokers are scr*wed.

June 9, 2011 at 6:44 am | Reply | Report comment

Joe

yea we are now get up off your fat a** and grab another Dagwood

June 9, 2011 at 9:36 am | Reply | Report comment

MR

Thats why we get up for smoke breaks. So, if you get up to smoke it offsets the bad sitting. Works for me. Now if we can only find a study that proves drinking beer at work improves productivity.

June 9, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply | Report comment

Tommy Boy

Do These Friggin Lib's Ever Give Up? What Next?

June 9, 2011 at 6:44 am | Reply | Report comment

Joe Doakes

This is obvious . . .

Standing may is dangerous! We must stop standing! We must pass a law!

June 9, 2011 at 7:16 am | Reply | Report comment

gringgrong

This isn't politics. It's about being healthy. Stop politicizing that which never was.

June 9, 2011 at 7:26 am

Marc M

If you believe it isn't political than I have a few bridges to sell you.

Looking forward to peddle to watch your tv?

June 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

reg

So being an unhealthy fat a$$ is now part of the GOP platform?

June 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

MikeTheHammer

I'm a conservative, but I suggest that if you don't like this, sit down and have a cigarette. We could use more room in the gene pool.

June 9, 2011 at 7:26 am | Reply | Report comment

AK

As a conservative, let me say that you are an idiot. Article is only pointing out that it's healthy to not sit and to get off your butt. When Obama/Pelosi read this and try to pass a law banning chairs in the workplace and home and/or create a govt mandate to buy one of those treadmill desks mentioned in the article, that is when the liberalism kicks in.

June 9, 2011 at 9:15 am | Reply | Report comment

Jeff

Well said.

June 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

Steve

Libs?

Seriously when you inject politics into EVERYTHING in your life, you should jsut take those guns you NRA folks love so much, stick them in your mouths and pull the trigger!

This isnt about politics you idiot!

June 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Buddy Gorman

Wonder who paid for this bit of bull*hit. Probably the taxpayers. Farting fouls the air and this study smells of "give me some free money."

June 9, 2011 at 6:45 am | Reply | Report comment

Tom Kron

Who paid For This::: The Same International Mega Corporation Washington Lobbyists That Draft All Our Laws and Kill Our Soldiers in Foreign Corporate Ground Wars. Right?

June 9, 2011 at 8:19 am | Reply | Report comment

Fredx

Let this be a warning to people in wheelchairs.

June 9, 2011 at 6:45 am | Reply | Report comment

John

What about second hand sitting?! Is that dangerous? Will Bloomberg out law sitting? Can't wait.

June 9, 2011 at 6:47 am | Reply | Report comment

StaticKlingon

Butt tax now! Do it for the children!

June 9, 2011 at 6:54 am | Reply | Report comment

mark

Ha ha ha ha. I laughed out loud when I read your comment, very well done.

June 9, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply | Report comment

Merlot

This made me laugh right out loud, Amen!

June 9, 2011 at 8:07 am | Reply | Report comment

zombierocket

Such BS….

June 9, 2011 at 6:48 am | Reply | Report comment

666

pfft! scientists! what do they know?!?

June 9, 2011 at 8:44 am | Reply | Report comment

Cabbie

Who is Dr Coven? Why should we care what he says? All the article says is that Dr Coven is a cardiologist, but gives no specifics, such as from where he graduated, where he practices (does he practice?), or whether he has ever been published. Other than that, the article's sources are two random people who like to sit. This is shoddy.

June 9, 2011 at 6:48 am | Reply | Report comment

zombierocket

Well to be fair, click here: http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/dr-david-coven-md-1759c04d

But… so what. 100,000 other cardiologists will say something different.

June 9, 2011 at 6:51 am | Reply | Report comment

Stefan

I'm afraid not. All they will recommend moderate physical activity

June 9, 2011 at 6:56 am

Uncle Bernie

more stupid nanny state leftist bs.

June 9, 2011 at 6:49 am | Reply | Report comment

Tom Kron

Study failed to disclose that the unscientific study was bought and paid for by the "Ronco Vibrating Exerciser Chair", only 99,99 at a Chinamart near you.

June 9, 2011 at 8:16 am | Reply | Report comment

Steve

You are a bad Uncle………This isnt leftist……………You are a Right wing sheep to interject politics into this issue……………your mind is gone………………..take your Guns you love, stick them in your mouth and do the world a favor and pull the trigger

June 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply | Report comment

Michael

So using the same logic behind the regulations and taxation of smoking, can we expect a tax on sitting in public places soon? Maybe a ban on all public benches? The great and all knowing government does know whats best and has an obligation to look out for those that don't know better.

June 9, 2011 at 6:49 am | Reply | Report comment

William Gates

Quick, let's pass a law that requires all U.S. citizens to purchase a gym membership. This will reduce the cost of health care because people will now have access to a gym. For those of you that don't think the Gov't can't make a U.S. citizen purchase something, they have already passed the Healthcare law that mandates you buy health insurance so why not this? For those of you that think the government mandating a gym membership is a good idea, please look beyond this and ask "what else are they going to force me to do?"

June 9, 2011 at 6:50 am | Reply | Report comment

zombierocket

Not just gym memberships, but gym memberships at gyms owned by the banks…

June 9, 2011 at 6:52 am | Reply | Report comment

William Gates

Yes, and lets not forget to include that the gym must be unionized "green" gyms as well.:)

June 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

michael

They could force all businesses to purchase stand up desks, or to implement an exercise program into the day. The possibilities are endless which is what makes obamacare such a dangerous slippery slope.

June 9, 2011 at 6:54 am | Reply | Report comment

chris

o like car insurance? or do you mean a yearly car registration? or were you referring to school taxes that force even people without kids to contribute to the public school system? don't be crazy an act like this is the first thing the government has ever made you buy, if i had more time i could make a list as long as this article of things the government already makes you buy

June 9, 2011 at 9:24 am | Reply | Report comment

Kevin

The government does not force you to buy car insurance or car registration because they don't force you to buy a car. Forcing the purchase of heath insurance is different because to be exempt you have to choose not to live (assuming you are not associated with one of Obama's union masters).

June 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

Kevin

…and you don't have to pay taxes, if you choose not to work (or at least not make too much money working). I bet a significant portion of people okay with Government mandated health insurance pay an insignificant portion of the taxes needed to support it.

June 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

sailordude

That sitting woman's head is completely flat on top! That's amazing. Reminds me of the joke of having a place to put your beer can at.

June 9, 2011 at 6:52 am | Reply | Report comment

Beach

Tim's comment: spoken from a true lazy obese man.

June 9, 2011 at 6:52 am | Reply | Report comment

Michele

Beach..enough with the hate and intolerance.

June 9, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply | Report comment

gracepmc

New Restaurant Policy - No Smoking, No Sitting. New Michelle Obama Approved Menu.

June 9, 2011 at 6:54 am | Reply | Report comment

hiram dunlop

i bet every one of you are fat

June 9, 2011 at 6:54 am | Reply | Report comment

Michael

Insults are the last resort of the ignorant.

June 9, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply | Report comment

William Gates

Because we are against being controlled? I am not fat, I play hockey and soccer, but let's just pretend that I am for now. I would rather be fat and free than skinny and enslaved.

June 9, 2011 at 6:59 am | Reply | Report comment

Stefan

It's a doctor's recommendation, simple as that. There's no hint in this article that a law will be put in place for you to stand.
All the comments here just give conservatives/drudge readers a bad name.

June 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

Linda

I'm not fat, but my cardiologist is.

June 9, 2011 at 7:16 am | Reply | Report comment

StaticKlingon

When chairs are outlawed, only outlaws will have chairs.

June 9, 2011 at 6:55 am | Reply | Report comment

Michael

Hahaha!!

June 9, 2011 at 6:59 am | Reply | Report comment

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TL

Guys I'm just as, if not more conservative than the anyone, but I truly do not get why you all are making this a political thing. This is a medical / science thing. If you do not agree with it then do your own research and come up with facts to support your hypothesis. Anyone who argues with science without scientific evidence to support their argument sounds pretty dumb. And it is common sense that sitting at your desk all day is bad for your health. I don't need a doctor to tell me that.

June 9, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply | Report comment

michael

Because reports like this are used to justify new laws under the guise of protecting the general public. I'm personally not arguing against the science of this study. The results of her study should be rather obvious. But there are those in our government that think they know better than the rest of us lowly constituents and use these reports as justification.

June 9, 2011 at 7:01 am | Reply | Report comment

Charlie Harper

Please feel free to sit.

June 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

Michele

Michael, you are right. It all starts out with "INobody's telling you what to do"… I see manadatory gym memberships and fines if you don't get one….you know, like health insurance. I can see a brown shirt checking off my "gym time card" as I exit the building. BTW all of you…"I'm a conservative, but………." Save it. You're tools. Lemmings.

June 9, 2011 at 7:46 am

William Gates

I am not disagreeing with the science of it. I don't think it is really news that sitting in one spot for 40+ hours a week is good for a persons health. I think we are showing our cynicism in the article and looking ahead to what Congress does best, find a way to further control, for the good of the people of course (removing tongue from cheek)

June 9, 2011 at 7:02 am | Reply | Report comment

Stefan

Do you realize this is not a political debate? People need to chill out.

June 9, 2011 at 7:08 am

Zerocarbman

Because, unfortunately, the message of "movement for health" is way, way overplayed…..Reduce the carbs, and watch just about ALL health issues dissappear. I was fat and very active, now I am a very low carber….sit at a desk ALL day, and have perfect health.

The Gov., as with many things, has led us astray…

June 9, 2011 at 9:06 am | Reply | Report comment

Conservative to a Tea

Because this is CBS. a division of Soros Nazi machine ( obama's puppeteer) and it furthers his agenda.
Now do you understand?

June 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply | Report comment

Rich

I smoke while sitting…

June 9, 2011 at 6:59 am | Reply | Report comment

xmlrider

Wait a second… the doctor at the top of the article is…. *gasp*… SITTING at her desk… OMG… everything is twisted. Up is Down… Left is Right… cats and dogs sleeping together. Mass Hysteria!

June 9, 2011 at 7:00 am | Reply | Report comment

Razor

Somewhere in TX, Dubya is drinking cheap beer and laughing his azz off.

June 9, 2011 at 7:00 am | Reply | Report comment

Charlie Harper

What else does he have to do? He killed enough people to last the rest of his life.

June 9, 2011 at 7:24 am | Reply | Report comment

Sean

^ bush derangment syndrome is a serious condition. How many has Obumbler killed by your logic? What are we at, three, four wars now? Sit down and have a smoke friendo.

June 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

Conservative to a Tea

Thanks to Obama, there is no such thing as cheap beer anymore. Sad but true.

June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply | Report comment

Heather Rouillard

Check out http://www.juststand.org for tips on how to stand more throughout the day.

June 9, 2011 at 7:02 am | Reply | Report comment

Ponyks

This article brought to you by the makers of "The Stand Up Desk" . If you act NOW you will not DIE!

June 9, 2011 at 7:03 am | Reply | Report comment

Andy Hagadorn

"don't send emails when you can deliver the message in person"

Seriously? Has the person who wrote that ever had a real job? People better not be lined up next to MY desk delivering messages in person!

June 9, 2011 at 7:04 am | Reply | Report comment

AFSGTSAM

So I guess sitting on your @$$ collecting welfare and unemployment is bad for your health…the cure is no more free money at taxpayer expense…work or starve!

June 9, 2011 at 7:05 am | Reply | Report comment

Krusatyr

I agree with incorporating more activity into each day, but complacent heifers need to be prodded. This article is suggestive, not yet Obamunist-authoritarian: lazy, saddle butted waddlers can do better than grow wide and soft on chairs and sofas.

June 9, 2011 at 7:06 am | Reply | Report comment

Dennis D

Just like Cigarettes? Maybe we should BAN all Chairs or Tax their use

June 9, 2011 at 7:07 am | Reply | Report comment

EBounding

I'm a conservative and this is not a political issue unless Obama starts mandating standing desks.

I started standing at work in January and have noticed a difference. The corner of my desk actually elevates to waist height. I don't feel as restless or sluggish and have lost a few pounds. I do sit down for lunch or if I just feel like sitting. I'll usually only sit for 2-3 hours throughout the day. This is much better than 8 hours though. If you can get a standing desk, I'd highly recommend it.

June 9, 2011 at 7:08 am | Reply | Report comment

StaticKlingon

Office workers can combat the ill effects of sitting by aggressively grinding their pelvises back and forth in their chairs. It will improve circulation greatly, and it won't look odd. I promise.

June 9, 2011 at 7:09 am | Reply | Report comment

William Gates

Hey, it works…I'm already feeling great! And it has also increased my productivity, I had a line of people not wanting to send me an email lined up at my door..as soon as I started this they all left…I am now free to get my work done! Thanks for the advice Static!

June 9, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply | Report comment

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William Gates

So remember kids, get up plenty during the day, at least once in the morning to get doughnuts, again at lunch to go to McDonalds, and again in the afternoon to the vending machine.

June 9, 2011 at 7:12 am | Reply | Report comment

Tom

Now all we need is the scientific study that will tell us that, if we all wil drag two ton blocks into a pyrimid shape a mile high, that the world will soon be free from fat. The word on the street is that we will just be taxed a buck for every pound we weigh per month. Can't wait.

June 9, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply | Report comment

John Galt

This story is yet more proof that 'Liberalism is a mental disorder'!
Where else but San Francisco would a story like this dare to appear in print?

June 9, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply | Report comment

sittingdownrightnow

In a number of places, actually. This isn't the first story about this to hit the internet.

June 9, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply | Report comment

mcmikel61

Love your screen name … hope you don't live in SF; the know-nothings would be baying at your door.

June 9, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply | Report comment

Dawn

If I stop sitting now will I be able to reverse the awful effects of years of sitting? And if so, how long will it take? Or is it too late for me (I'm 58). Gosh, I wish I'd known about this sooner.

June 9, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply | Report comment

Granger

actually, you all have it wrong, Obama doesn't want us to sit, or stand…he wants us to kneel and pay homage to his greatness. So, kneeling, along with the revised food pyramid-into-a-michelle-concoction plate, will be standard government issue health wares.

June 9, 2011 at 7:17 am | Reply | Report comment

RolfCopter

We needed a study for this?

Breaking news: Sitting around on your fat ass all day is bad for you. Also breaking news, excercising is good for you.

June 9, 2011 at 7:17 am | Reply | Report comment

Hank Warren

Endless useless studies, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov't violations of our rights:
They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like "America Deceived II" and censoring the internet.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
(Last link of Banned Book):
http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

June 9, 2011 at 7:17 am | Reply | Report comment

Wiffenpoof

Quick! Ban sitting in all public places! Airplanes, casinos, work places, court rooms, hospitals, restaurants, bars, theaters, city parks, cars with children. Time to install the "1984″ TVs into our houses to nake sure we are doing our daily exercises. I'd like to think I'm joking, but I see it as a soon to be reality.

June 9, 2011 at 7:18 am | Reply | Report comment

Dawn

P.S.: Can I sue my chair manufacturer for not posting a warning on my chair?

June 9, 2011 at 7:18 am | Reply | Report comment

Don

Really? We needed ANOTHER study to explain the obvious. How much taxpayer money for this useless study? Good grief, can we get a study on how much harm Liberals do to the country. Now, that would be a worthwhile study.

June 9, 2011 at 7:27 am | Reply | Report comment

Godsmessnger

I wonder if his waiting room is a standing room only? He sounds like a pretty stand up guy! I guess after this report he's standing tall. Hope he doesn't have kids because he'd have a hard time finding a baby sitter.

June 9, 2011 at 7:29 am | Reply | Report comment

Jen

…and in other news…… a new study released identified "life" as a terminal STD.

June 9, 2011 at 7:31 am | Reply | Report comment

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StaticKlingon

I am contacting Congressman Anthony Weiner to lead the charge in this "Stand UP When You Can" initiative. Yes we can!

June 9, 2011 at 7:33 am | Reply | Report comment

Brad Skidmore

That does it! I am quiting my desk job and applying to be a porn star!

June 9, 2011 at 7:34 am | Reply | Report comment

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JWS

LAME!!!

June 9, 2011 at 7:39 am | Reply | Report comment

Pundit

Next Week: Harry Reid introduces legislation to ban chairs

June 9, 2011 at 7:39 am | Reply | Report comment

Fishingbum

There must be a lawyer behind this. The suits from cops, truck drivers, airline pilots, etc., against their employers for increased health problems will soon follow.

June 9, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply | Report comment

travisrscx

Lets just start investing in giant boubles tio live in. Cause just waking up going outside could kill me any minute. Lets not foerget about the dangers of your house. Its just slowly killing you. Everything is as bad as smoking.

June 9, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply | Report comment

teaj

we better start giving desk job people at least 2 hours of paid work time to stand around. I'd be willing to wager this woman sits down after work too so that 7 hours a day maybe more like 22 hours a day? probably.

June 9, 2011 at 7:42 am | Reply | Report comment

knews5

Ban Sitting! Tax Sitting! Ban and Tax- that's the answer to everything, isn't it?

June 9, 2011 at 7:42 am | Reply | Report comment

Mad Max

Our founding fathers would be so proud, wouldn't they?

=)

June 9, 2011 at 7:49 am | Reply | Report comment

MDWhite

I've always been amused by the term "early death." It implies that the actual date of someone's death is known and that the person arrived early for the appointment.

The same holds true for "died before his time." To be accurate, if it wasn't "his time", he wouldn't be dead. Everybody dies; everybody has their "time."

Truth is, we begin to die the moment we draw our first breath.

June 9, 2011 at 7:42 am | Reply | Report comment

StaticKlingon

The real problem here is that manufacturers are allowed to install legs on their chairs. Ban chair legs and this problem goes away.

If we could save just one!

June 9, 2011 at 7:47 am | Reply | Report comment

Mad Max

Standing in the street can be dangerous too. I'll bet some liberal is doing a study on that one right now…

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June 9, 2011 at 7:48 am | Reply | Report comment

jimboster

Considering the countless number of office jobs since the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s's, 80′s, 90′s et al- shouldn't everyone, more or less, be dead? I'm just waiting for our eminent Surgeon General to claim you can die if you sit down just once.

June 9, 2011 at 7:49 am | Reply | Report comment

teaj

At my job when I go on break, which I usually don't, I sit down because my feet hurt from back breaking labor. Wanna trade? Its for your own good.

June 9, 2011 at 7:49 am | Reply | Report comment

Patrick

What's the deal with people trying to politicize this? Isn't it obvious that being sedentary for forty plus hours a week is unhealthy?

June 9, 2011 at 7:50 am | Reply | Report comment

teaj

he'll sign it sitting down.

June 9, 2011 at 7:54 am | Reply | Report comment

Mad Max

Great! Now we can look forward to government mandated standing laws…

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June 9, 2011 at 7:50 am | Reply | Report comment

Mad Max

It's a sure bet that president obummer will create a commision to further study standing in the workplace and at home…

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June 9, 2011 at 7:52 am | Reply | Report comment

Patrick

I propose Bill H249S01 To Ban all chairs by 2018.

Just thought I would propose it before the government.

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