Sick of sitting

Diabetologia. 2015 Aug;58(8):1751-8. doi: 10.1007/s00125-015-3624-6. Epub 2015 May 24.


Sitting too much kills. Epidemiological, physiological and molecular data suggest that sedentary lifestyle can explain, in part, how modernity is associated with obesity, more than 30 chronic diseases and conditions and high healthcare costs. Excessive sitting--sitting disease--is not innate to the human condition. People were designed to be bipedal and, before the industrial revolution, people moved substantially more throughout the day than they do presently. It is encouraging that solutions exist to reverse sitting disease. Work environments, schools, communities and cities can be re-imagined and re-invented as walking spaces, and people thereby offered more active, happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Obesity / etiology*
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Posture
  • Sedentary Behavior*