Fidgeting may mitigate negative effects of prolonged sitting, study suggests

I don’t believe that this study of 13,000 women over 12 years proves anything except you need to pay attention when you read medical publications. Look askance. Apply common sense. The “fidgeting” behavior is self-reported; there is the weakness. If you don’t fidget I don’t recommend beginning perennial fidgeting for this study conclusion.” Bill Chesnut, MD

 Fidgeting may mitigate negative effects of prolonged sitting, study suggests

ABC World News (9/23, story 9, 0:15, Muir, 5.84M) reported that a new study about fidgeting found that it “may actually counteract the negative effects of sitting behind a desk all day.” Researchers theorize fidgeting “jolts your metabolism.”

The Chicago Tribune (9/23) reports that the study, published online in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, used data from the United Kingdom Women’s Cohort Study, following 12,778 women age 37 to 78 over a 12-year period. The women were divided into three groups based on self-assessments of their fidgeting habits: low, middle, or high. Among the women who did not fidget, the researchers “found that women who sat for seven or more hours daily had a 30 percent increased risk of dying from any cause,” compared to those who sat less than five hours a day. Meanwhile, “middle or high fidgeters saw no increased risk.”

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