Obesity has been on the rise in the United States, with two out of every three Americans being considered obese or overweight. Obesity has led to 120,000 preventable deaths and costs approximately $147 billion in medical expenses each year in the U.S. (1)
Obesity has lead to 120,000 preventable deaths each year!
Reversing the obesity epidemic is dependent on increase exercising and improving the American diet. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. This means thirty minutes a day five times a week, and these 30 minutes can even be executed as three, 10 minute blocks of time. (2)
A new study reports that standing for at least one-quarter of the day has been linked to a lower risk of obesity. Sedentary behavior has been linked to negative health impacts, but it has been unclear whether standing improves health. (3)
Study found that standing for one-quarter of the day can lower risk for obesity in both men and women!
Researchers studied the standing habits of more than 7,000 adult patients from 2010 to 2015. They specifically evaluated the amount of time standing, body mass index, body fat percentage and waist circumference. The association between standing and metabolic risk was then assessed via metabolic syndrome.(3)
The study found that men who sand for one-quarter of the time experienced a 32 percent reduction of the likelihood of obesity, and standing 50 percent of the time was associated with a 59 percent reduction for the likelihood of obesity.(3)
In women, the study showed that standing one-quarter of the time was linked to a 35 percent reduced risk, and half of the time was linked to a 47 percent reduced risk. For women, standing three-quarters of the time was linked to a 57 percent reduced risk, where this had no impact for men.(3)
When adding in physical activity on top of standing, the study found that the risk for obesity was lowered even more! If you are considering standing more, be watchful for varicose veins, as standing can increase this risk. (3)
Vegan diet is shown to protect against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and also obesity!
While exercise is important, it is also important to consider what we are eating. A plant-based diet has been shown to protect against heart disease, cardiometabolic risk factors, cancers, and total mortality. The vegan diet offers additional protection for obesity, hypertension, type-2-diabetes and cardiovascular mortality. (4)
If you are seeking to lose weight or protect against obesity, eat healthy whole foods and develop an active lifestyle that includes both exercise and standing!