Sit Down, Raise Weight


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates weight is up among women who work sitting down. At Washington University in St. Louis, researchers saw this in survey data on almost 1,900 people in Missouri in 2012 and 2013. Women who spent at least 30 minutes a day sitting were two to two and one half times more likely to be obese.

But, says researcher Lin Yang:

“We think the workplace is actually a perfect setting for people to reduce their sedentary behavior.”

Some simple ideas: Walking to lunch, using a printer or trash can down the hall — and taking a gym break.

The study supported by the National Institutes of Health was in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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