What's the way to shrink this growing problem?
"If we're going to try to get to the root of what's causing the obesity epidemic, work-related physical activity needs to be in the discussion," study author Dr. Timothy S. Church, professor of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., told the New York Times.
In addition to talking, we need to get moving, said Dr. Ross C. Brownson, professor of epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis. "We need to think about physical activity as a more robust concept than just recreational physical activity," he told the Times. "In many ways we've engineered physical activity out of our lives, so we've got to find ways to put it back into our lives."
So instead of simply heading to your sofa - or even a gym - after work, Brownson suggests taking walks during breaks at work or finding other opportunities for exercise all day long.
Time to get up out of your swivel chair?