Why 'Sitting' is considered to be
the 'New Smoking'?
Sitting and working for 60 hours a week? Seems to be a pretty common affair these days, right? But that’s enough for you to join the bandwagon of “Sedentary Lifestyle.” This prolonged or excessive sitting presents a multitude of health risks that are serious enough to cause as many deaths as smoking. Yes, sitting down make us all feel good. Sitting for a brief period can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise, which is fine, but for some reason we continue to indulge in this “feel good activity” even after a long day’s sitting. You might assume it’s nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired, but this will eventually make you pay so dearly.
Increasingly sedentary lifestyles; easy availability of fast food; increasing time spent sitting down – all these have resulted in the so-called “obesity epidemic” that is sweeping across the world. While India has not yet caught up with the west in this sphere, we are fast on our way there.
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the problems faced by morbidly obese people. It addresses issues such as prevention and treatment. Obesity can cause heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a plethora of other illnesses.
While treating obese patients for other problems like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc., physicians do address the root problem of overweight too and will recommend lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, behavior therapy, and anti-obesity drugs, etc. When all else fails, morbidly obese patients end up undergoing weight loss surgery, which consists of reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band. Such surgery again requires a lot of followup care and dietary modifications.
Numerous studies have emerged on the short-term and long-term risks associated with sedentary lifestyle habits. The longer we sit, the more agitated our body becomes. Inside our body, there are over 360 joints and about 700 skeletal muscles. Every inch of the body is ready and waiting for us to move. When we sit we are not burning fat nearly as well as we move around. Research suggests world over inactivity causes around 9% premature deaths and that's a whopping 5 million people.
It’s time we set reminders for us to move around and appreciate the fact that our body is built for motion. This will lead to the feeling of being lighter & happier, and that’s is because when our body is moving, it improves the circulation in our body, helps us breathe better, sleep better, and gives us better posture.
Obesity is a lifestyle disease that requires a multifaceted approach and lots of motivation.