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'1pm' Seminar Series


Room G37 (Ground Floor); 1-19 Torrington Place; London WC1E 7HB

Speaker: Professor David Dunstan ARC Future Fellow and Physical Activity Laboratory Head, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Title: Is Too Much Sitting Bad For Your Health?

In contemporary society, prolonged sitting has been engineered into our lives across many settings, including transportation, the workplace, and the home. There is new evidence that too much sitting (also known as sedentary behavior – which involves very low energy expenditure, such as television viewing and desk-bound work) is adversely associated with health outcomes, including cardio-metabolic risk biomarkers, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and premature mortality. In addition to the decreased energy expenditure induced through sitting, sedentary time may also be harmful because of the prolonged absence of muscle contractile activity in the lower limbs. Importantly, these detrimental associations remain even after accounting for time spent in leisure time physical activity – which within adult populations is infrequent and very low volume. This presentation will provide an overview of recent evidence from epidemiological and experimental studies. This new evidence is beginning to make a strong case that too much sitting should now be considered as a potential new element of physical activity and health recommendations – particularly for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

David is the Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at The University of Western Australia. His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. His research program has attracted considerable external funding from the NHMRC, VicHealth and the National Heart Foundation. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Obesity Reviews, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Over the past 15 years his work has received widespread international and national media attention, including with National Public Radio (NPR), Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times, the LA Times and the ABC Catalyst program.

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