Who knew sitting could be so dangerous?

by camille.hebert on September 4, 2013 - 12:13pm

As students, we should all be concerned by this article. We under estimate the time we spend sitting in a day. We sit in class, at meals, doing our homework, while going to school, on the computer or reading. This article learns us about the bad effects of sitting for more than 8 hours in a day.

More than 80% of workers have to sit all day for their job. Doctors have develop the term “Sitting Disease” to refer to the bad effects of sitting all day on our health and metabolism and to the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. A medical research indicated that sitting too much can cause cancer, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular problems. Here are some surprising facts about how sitting too much can affect your overall health. People who sit for 11 hours or more per day have a 40% higher risk of death in the next three years than people sitting for less than 4 hours a day. Workers occupying a sedentary task for at least 10 years have twice the risk of developing a colon cancer. Sitting for long amounts of time may cause musculoskeletal disorders. Even if you do your 30 minutes of physical activity, you are at risk of the sitting disease if you sit 8 to 10 hours a day. You should interrupt every two hours of sitting by a minimum of five minutes standing.

We should be aware of the sitting disease at our age to prevent further problems to occur in the future. Take benefit of the times when you are not forced to sit to take a walk and counter the bad effects of sitting on your body. I think it is important to take good habits at a young age that will be easy to keep as we get old.


Here is a link to help you calculate how much time you spend sitting in a day:



First off, I would like to say that I had no idea that sitting could lead to many health complications. It makes me want to stand for the rest of my life. Sitting is valuable when needed, but I agree when the article points out that we do indeed spend way too much time sitting. I suggest in classes at school or work, we should be allowed to get up and walk around for a few minutes, especially if it’s beneficial to our health and our lives. A consequentialist would definitely agree that sitting should be reduced given the many negative consequences presented in the article. Is there any arguments saying “over-sitting” is a good thing?