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Sitting is 'as big a threat to our health as smoking'

Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30

Queen's University researchers have said that prolonged sitting poses as big a threat to public health as smoking
Queen's University researchers have said that prolonged sitting poses as big a threat to public health as smoking

Prolonged sitting is as bad for our health as smoking and can bring on health issues such as heart disease and cancer, researchers have warned.

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Elderly people and office staff in particular are risking their long-term health by sitting down for extended periods.

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast believe that sitting for long periods is linked to obesity, diabetes and early mortality.

They said that it poses as big a threat to public health as smoking.

Dr Mark Tully, from Queen's University, said: "On average, people spend more than nine hours, or up to 80pc of their waking day, sitting down."

The Irish Independent has learned that the HSE considered introducing sit-stand desks across its offices to combat illnesses among staff.

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