Saturday, 25 May 2019 | 10:37 WIB

Prolonged Sitting is as Dangerous as Smoking

Prolonged Sitting is as Dangerous as Smoking

JAKARTA, NNC - Doctor of the Indonesian Women's National Team at the 2018 Asian Games, dr. Grace Joselini said, the length of time in individual sits has the same health risk as smoking.

"Sitting it's the new smoking. It turns out that sitting has many health risks, the same as people who smoke," said dr. Grace when the Press Conference of O-Generation Threatened by Non Infectious Diseases, Sun Life Financial Indonesia Presents 'Live Healthier Lives' Campaign on Thursday (11/8/2018).

She explained, just sitting for three hours can cause blood vessels to narrow by 50 percent. Insulin also decreases 50 percent and increase risk of exposure to Diabetes Mellitus (DM). This prolonged sitting habit is mostly done by Generation O.

This statement was delivered in response to the research results of Sun Life Financial Asia Health Index in 2014, 2016 and 2017 which found that people in Asia, including Indonesia, fall into the 'Generation O' category. 

Generation O are those who are overwork, overeat, and are overwhelmed. The research results also conclude that the Generation O population is increasing

The research results of the Sun Life Financial Asia Health Index in 2016/17 noted that most of Indonesia's young generation had not routinely exercised (51 percent), slept less than 6 hours per day (34 percent) and had unhealthy eating habits (32 percent). Indonesians who said that they smoke more than once per day also tend to have a higher percentage than other countries (22 percent, compared to 13 percent regionally).

Grace added, health risks involved are not only DM. After two weeks, bad fat in blood vessels can increase when a person in a day sits for six hours without activity. Bad fat then creates plaques in blood vessels and their condition accumulate and lead to a heart attack.

"And those who are in menopause, sitting too much for a year can cause decreased bone mass density and cause osteoporosis," explained dr. Grace.

Furthermore, if the habit of prolonged sitting without physical activity for decades can lead to other Non-Communicable Diseases, including cancer.