The findings, published in the latest British Journal of Sports Medicine, cast doubt on the popular maxim that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ and indicate the complexity of factors determining whether sitting is harmful to human health.

“Sitting has attracted a lot of publicity in recent years for being as dangerous as smoking and for being harmful regardless of how physically active people are. However this is one of the very few long-term studies to investigate whether there is a link between sitting behaviours and risk of development of diabetes,” said lead author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the Charles Perkins Centre and School of Public Health.

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