Posted: July 18th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Chronic Inactivity, Chronic Obesity, Couch Potato, David Dunstan, Dr Lennert Veerman, Obesity, School of Population Health, Television, The Lancet, the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group, TV, University of Queensland | No Comments »
A third of the world’s adult population is physically inactive, the couch-potato lifestyle kills about 5 million people every year, experts contributing to a special feature in the medical journal The Lancet say.
“Roughly three of every 10 individuals aged 15 years or older – about 1.5 billion people – do not reach present physical activity recommendations,” Dr Pedro Hallal and colleagues said in a report that described the problem as a pandemic.
The Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group paints an even grimmer picture for adolescents, with four out of five 13 to 15-year-olds not moving enough, the report said.
Inactivity was described for the study as failing to do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week, 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week, or a combination of the two :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Diabetes, research | No Comments »
Research has revealed that interrupting sitting time with short bouts of light exercise can lower glucose and insulin levels by as much as 30 per cent, helping people avoid diabetes. The research was published online today in Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetes Association. Associate Professor David Dunstan, from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, was the study’s lead researcher.
“What this study is showing is that people who sit for long periods, like office workers and call centre staff and drivers, could improve their health by simply breaking up their sitting time with frequent activity breaks,” Dunstan said. ”Inside this study we used breaks every 20 minutes, just for two-minute activity bouts, and showed that it was, it substantially improved the body’s response to a glucose challenge.”
Sixty per cent of Australians are either overweight or obese with the risk of developing diabetes. Professor Dunstan says people who work sitting at their desks should stand up at least every every 30 minutes. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 28th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Kiss My . . ., Science News | Tags: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, David Dunstan, Dr Lennert Veerman, Get Out of the House, Kiss My . . ., Love and other Drugs, medicine, No Sh_t Sherlock, School of Population Health, Socially Engineered, Television, TV, University of Queensland | No Comments »
If estimates are correct, then TV viewing is in the same league as smoking and obesity! In a new study into the healthy habits of couch potatoes, a University of Queensland study has compared watching television to smoking and similar unhealthy habits.
This comes on the back of a study last year with similar findings, do we sense a theme? Dr Veerman from Queensland Universitys School of Population Health says that the small proportion of people who watch six – or more – hours of television a day would reduce their lifespan by almost 5 years.
Each hour of TV you watch could cut 22 minutes from your lifespan,Veerman’s study has found.
Dr Lennert Veerman, from the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, and colleagues, report their findings today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine :: Read the full article »»»»