Obese? Reduce sedentary behaviour to cut short risk of heart disease

Are you doing exercises to curb obesity? A new study suggests that working out alone is not sufficiently enough to reduce weight and fight obesity, instead an obese should also focus on reducing the time spent in front of television or while playing computer games. According to researchers, exercises along with other practices can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

The research has found that low energy consuming tasks like sitting or lying on the bed is linked with poor cardiovascular health and increases the risk of diabetes in obese despite endless hours spent on machines.

Lead study author Wendy King, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the US said that most of the time people with severe obesity find it difficult to follow guidelines given by instructor or government for reducing weight and they end up worsening the situation.

“Our findings suggest that replacing sedentary behaviour, like watching television or sitting at the computer, with low-intensity physical activities, such as light housework or going for a casual stroll, may improve cardio-metabolic health in this population,” said King.

The study was based on analysis of 927 obese undergoing weight-loss surgery in the US. After observing them for several years, researchers found that volunteer who rested for 10 minutes in every hour had 15 percent greater chances of getting diabetic while the risk of metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure increased by 12 percent and 15 percent respectively.

Although the study is still in initial stages but the findings can play very crucial role in designing test programmes for controlling obesity, diabetes and other heart-related diseases. The research has unveiled the importance of reducing sedentary behaviour and it gives a message to those who do intense workout that they should also start controlling their TV watching and video games playing habit.

The findings were presented in the journal Preventive Medicine.

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