Prolonged sitting is bad for us, and now the NY Times says it is bad for our children as well.
It has been established that prolonged sitting is likely to lead to you having a shorter life. While more studies are showing the importance of activity in adults, sometimes we forget that our children may be affected as well.
Part of the problem may be that sitting impairs circulation to the legs. The heart will pump blood to the extremities but it requires movement from the outer limbs to pump it back, which impairs blood flow back to the heart. This may be stressful to the cardiovascular system and perhaps may ultimately be one of the main reasons prolonged sitting is being shown to be harmful.
A new study is showing that children who sit for prolonged periods of time may be subject to the same problems as adults are when sitting too long. Check out this new finding.
Sitting Is Bad for Children, Too
By Gretchen Reynolds September 23, 2015
Children who sit too much may face adult-sized health consequences, according to a sobering new study of healthy young girls. The study found that after a single session of prolonged inactivity, the children developed changes in their blood flow and arteries that, in grown-ups, would signal the start of serious cardiovascular problems.
There is plenty of evidence, of course, that uninterrupted sitting dents the health of adults. Many epidemiological studies have found associations between multiple hours of inactivity and increased risks for diabetes, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome and other conditions, including premature death.
Most worrying, these risks remain elevated even if someone regularly exercises but then settles into his or her chair for the rest of the day.
But those studies involved adults. Few experiments have directly examined the effects of sedentary time on young, otherwise healthy bodies, so it has not been clear whether children are affected by sitting too much to the same extent as their parents are.