20-35% in front of the TV. Sad, but true. SEDENTARY means tending to spend much time seated or lying down; somewhat inactive; characterized by much sitting and little physical exercise. Anthropologists would say that a sedentary person inhabits the same locality throughout their life, they are not migratory or nomadic. In Cincinnati, where I live, many people never venture out of their neighborhoods, or the City…some have never traveled out of state!
Growing up, I recall that most of our play was outside: hopscotch, jump rope, kickball, pick up basketball games and touch football. We were sad when the street light came on and we had to go back into the house. Now, most of the game play I observe with children is on a phone or tablet between their fingers. It’s no wonder childhood obesity was the issue that former First Lady Michelle Obama decided to tackle with her “Let’s Move” campaign. Almost 1 in 5 children in the US is obese and 91% of our children have poor diets and less than the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. State of Obesity Sedentary lifestyles put us at risk for diseases and preventable causes of death such as diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. Even if you exercise the recommended 30 min. per day, sitting throughout the rest of the day is a real problem. Video: Why sitting is bad for you.
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