Newspaper copy editors plus others such as talk show hosts, bloggers and authors --- or anyone sitting for more than three hours a day --- are among those likely to see life expectancy trimmed by two years, notes Grumpy Editor.
That’s the latest finding based on large-scale studies that followed about 167,000 people in several countries.
“Sedentary behavior is something we need to take note of beyond telling people to get 30 minutes of activity a day,” said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk of Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center and lead researcher for the study released this week.
Sedentary behavior is “in the same ballpark as smoking and obesity,” said Katzmarzyk.
He pointed out standing shouldn’t be an alternative to exercising, but an alternative to sitting.
“Several studies show that when you’re sitting, your leg muscles are completely inactive,” he added. “This is when you run into trouble managing blood glucose.”
Longevity looks especially bad for sitters who, based on earlier studies, also smoke, eat the wrong food, put on weight and drink too much.
That describes many media folks that Grumpy Editor has known over the years.