OFFICE staff should take a stand for health by refusing to sit down at meetings and moving their work station to the nearest filing cabinet, according to an expert.
Professor Stuart Biddle spelled out his advice after research showed that lounging in a chair for too long can double the risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.
The findings indicate that sitting is bad in itself, irrespective of other time spent exercising or playing sport.
Scientists analysed the results of 18 studies with a total of 794,577 participants and found a big difference in health outcomes between the most and least sedentary.
Prof Biddle, from the University of Loughborough, who was one of the researchers for the study, said: "Currently, society forces us into too much sitting, sitting at school, sitting at office desks, sitting in cars and so on.
"There are many ways we can reduce our sitting time by seeking out less sedentary behaviours."