US research published in Circulation found an 11 percent increased risk of death from all causes for every extra hour of TV viewing (i.e. sitting down) a day, reports The Daily Mail.
US researchers have found that lipoprotein lipase a molecule that helps the fat body process and released only when leg muscles are tensed. So while sitting a crucial part of your metabolism slows down.
“Even if someone has a healthy weight, sitting for long periods still has an unhealthy influence on their blood sugar and blood fats," says Professor David Dunstan, who authored the study.
The new research is worst for women who sit more than six hours a day are at high risk of cardiovascular disease regarless of physical activity at other times.
Doctors are calling for a new recommendation to the health advice that urge people to exercise and stand up more as standing burns 10 to 20 per cent more energy than resting.