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13:00 - 13:55 26 February 2013

Is Too Much Sitting Bad For Your Health?


G37 | (link Map)
1-19 Torrington Place | London | WC1E 7HB |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor David Dunstan, ARC Future Fellow and Physical Activity Laboratory Head, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia

In society, prolonged sitting has been engineered into our lives across transportation, the workplace, and the home. There is evidence that too much sitting (sedentary behaviour) is adversely associated with health outcomes, including cardio-metabolic risk biomarkers, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and premature mortality. In addition to the decreased energy expenditure, sedentary time may also be harmful due to the prolonged absence of muscle contractile activity in the lower limbs. Importantly, these detrimental associations remain even after accounting for time spent in leisure time physical activity.

This presentation will provide an overview of recent evidence from epidemiological and experimental studies. This evidence is beginning to make a strong case that too much sitting should be considered as a potential new element of physical activity and health recommendations – particularly for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Ngaire Coombs
0203 108 3142 | n.coombs@ucl.ac.uk