Standing more linked to reduced chances of obesity
The American Cancer Society, in conjunction with other institutions, has found a correlation between standing for a minimum of a quarter of the day and a reduced likelihood of obesity.
For women, the proportion of the day they reported being on their feet tended to align with lower waist circumferences, also called abdominal obesity—standing for a quarter of the time was linked to a 35 percent reduction, half the time to a 47 percent reduction, and three-quarters of the time to a 57 percent reduction.
For men, standing for a quarter and half of the day resulted in a 32 percent and 59 percent reduction in the odds of being obese, respectively; however, no weight benefit was found when they reported standing for three-quarters of the day.
The team made these determinations based on a survey of more than 7,000 adult patients of a Dallas clinic who went for preventative reasons between 2010 and 2015.
Participants completed a questionnaire about their regular activities and time spent standing. Their obesity levels were then determined through waist measurements, body fat assessments, and BMI calculations.
Despite these findings, the researchers caution in the press release that "it is unclear whether less standing leads to more obesity or whether in fact obese individuals stand less."
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