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Standing Six Hours a Day Reduces Risk of Obesity by One-Third

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  • Chronic sitting actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, even if you’re very fit and exercise regularly
  • Sitting is an independent risk factor for an early death, with a mortality rate similar to smoking
  • Standing for at least six hours a day may reduce your risk of obesity by 32 to 35 percent depending on your gender. Men can reduce their risk of obesity by as much as 59 percent by standing 12 hours a day

By Dr. Mercola

The evidence is overwhelming and crystal clear: avoiding sitting is a key component of a health-promoting lifestyle.

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