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New findings from an Australian study lend support to the harms of too much sedentary time, with researchers showing that excessive sitting is associated with various cardiometabolic risk factors..

In the study, which included nearly 700 individuals wearing a posture-based activity monitor (activePAL3, PAL Technologies) each additional 2 hours spent sitting, which meant 2 hours less spent standing or moving, was associated with an approximately 3% higher body-mass index, waists that were roughly 2 cm larger, and higher fasting and 2-hour postload plasma glucose levels. In addition, each 2 hours spent sitting was associated with higher triglyceride levels and lower HDL-cholesterol levels.