ASU Researcher: Sitting Is Not The New Smoking

Published: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 6:45pm
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:05am
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A study published in the American Journal of Public Health analyzed evidence on sitting, smoking and health. The study found sitting is not the new smoking.

Sitting has commonly been associated with smoking, with some sources even suggesting that smoking is better than sitting. But the study said the two are not comparable.

ASU College of Health Solutions associate professor Matthew Buman authored the study with other researchers, and said the idea that sitting is the new smoking has no basis in evidence.

“After reviewing the literature, it was quite clear that the health effects for smoking far outweigh the negative health effects of sitting. So really the point of writing the article was to just address this sort of myth that’s out there that sitting in some way is as bad for you as smoking," Buman said. 

Buman said while not comparable to smoking, sitting too much can still be harmful for you.

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