According to a new study, there is an association between sitting time and mental health. In short, this study concludes the following:
Researchers from Victoria University and the University of Queensland have reported that the longer a person sits, the more likely he/she is to develop symptoms of depression. The study is based on 8,950 women ages 50 to 55 who participated in surveys in 2001, 2004, 2007 and again in 2010. Researchers noted depressive symptoms, physical activity levels, and grouped the women based on how much time they sat each day. The study found that women who sat 7+ hours a day were at a 47% higher risk of depression compared to women who sat for 4 or less hours a day. The study also took into consider whether or not a person exercised, and if so, how often.
For those of us who work desk jobs, this could be troubling news. However, it is important to note that this study merely shows an association and does not delve into whether or not depression causes one to want to sit or avoid activity. Thus, it could be a bit of a chicken vs the egg study here – which came first the depression or the inactivity?
The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
View the article in the Huffington Post