Are You Sitting As You Read This? Maybe You Shouldn't Be

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A chair fabricated from recycled paper and plastic composite by Shigeru Ban at the Cooper-Hewitt.
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We all know we could stand to spend less time on our behinds, but did you know that too much sitting might actually kill you? In a new study published in the journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Tatiana Y. Warren, a PhD candidate at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, found that cardiovascular health deteriorates significantly with increased sitting hours.

Specifically, men who sit for 23 hours a week in the car or in front of the TV have a 64 percent greater chance of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who spend only eleven hours doing the same kind of sitting. Warren explains these and other findings that her team uncovered.

And David McFadden, chief curator of the Museum of Art and Design in New York (and something of a sitting historian) explains how culture and technology have played a role in changing the ways we sit, and the amount of time we currently dedicate to doing it.