The more you sit, the shorter you live. How many hours each day do you sit?
Sitting is the new smoking! The last years, about 5.3 million people worldwide die each year from the effects of too much sitting. That is almost one in ten. In the same way that sugar, toxic fats and foods that irritate our intestines are making us sick, obese and unhappy, excessive sitting belongs in the same category. Extensive sitting is just as harmful (if not worse!) as smoking cigarettes is for our overall health and wellbeing!
For people who sit most of the day, their risk of a heart attack is about the same as smoking, say cardiologists. Research shows that extensive sitting raises your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes 2, cancer (breast and colon) and obesity. Too much sitting is called as a risk factor in many of the most common causes of death and reduces your life expectancy. The evidence for this debilitating disease is piling up. According to research by the American Cancer Society, the more you sit, the shorter your average life span will be. According to WHO, 60 to 85% of people in the world lead sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time.
Just think about how many hours each day YOU sit! Don't we all have the sitting disease? We have a sitting culture. As soon as you enter a room, the first thing you hear is: "Have a seat". In our modern society we tend to live our lives sitting. If you're not in front of a screen, you're likely to be sitting in a vehicle, sitting in a meeting/classroom/seminar, or even sitting down and talking to friends, family or co-workers over a meal or a drink. The reality is we can't avoid sitting all together but we can create better
eating habits and more awareness around this problem and take personal responsibility when it comes to our lifestyle choices. A sedentary lifestyle requires a totally different eating pattern and really different approach to nutrition than we are accustomed to.
This eye-opening book will help expand your knowledge of healthier foods and better lifestyle choices and gives you more options for every day healthy living, despite your physical inactivity. Former model and bestselling author Annemarie is living proof that, despite the fact that she is in a wheelchair for over 35 years now, she can still feel fit, vital and healthy and have an amazing radiance and appearance. That's why she is often called "The Sitting Paradox".
Annemarie: "My disability forced me to face the facts at a very early age; my physical limitations made eating consciously an absolute necessity. This caused me to develop a new way of eating that could also be interesting for you!"
Let Annemarie, AKA "The Sitting Chef" inspire you, and help save you from the harmful effects of excessive sitting with her recipes, insights and secrets and greatly improve your sedentary life!
Annemarie de Vries-Postma, AKA The Sitting Chef
Photo: Nico Kroon
Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise.
Photo: Nico Kroon