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Is it too early to stand up? Has the epidemiological evidence for sitting and health changed?

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For the past 8 years, increasing interest in the epidemiology of sedentary behaviour (SB) has fuelled academic efforts. Initial evidence seemed to suggest that SB was a new risk factor for chronic disease, independent of physical activity. Clear physiological mechanisms, supported by experimental evidence, were proposed to define the metabolic risks of prolonged uninterrupted sitting. As epidemiological evidence has accumulated, nuanced changes in the evidence base have appeared, such that sitting risk does not appear to be independent of physical activity. However, some researchers and policymakers seem resistant to apparent changes in the evidence base.

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