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Is Sitting Worse Than Smoking?

Yet another report says that staying seated for hours on end is dangerous. Maybe it's time we take a stand.

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Ultimately, the dire warnings aren’t about the normal human act of sitting — they’re about the fact that modern life enables us to do far more of it than is natural or normal. We didn’t evolve this far to fuse our posteriors to the couch. That’s why even small changes of habit are good. And even a little shift means taking a stand.


Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.            

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