Is sitting still slowly killing us? – podcast

The past year has seen an unprecedented level of confinement indoors. As national lockdowns forced people to stay inside for their safety another health crisis was slowly developing: a decades-long crisis of inactivity.

The Guardian’s Peter Walker, author of a new book The Miracle Pill tells Anushka Asthana that our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are doing us untold damage. In fact he says, 1.5 billion people around the world are so inactive they are at greater risk of everything from heart disease to diabetes, cancer, arthritis and depression, even dementia. Sedentary living now kills more people than obesity.

For many of us, our lives are designed around car travel, screen time and jobs which require little physical exertion. But there is a cure, he says. By reintroducing activity into everyday life we can reverse these damaging trends.

Teen boy with his phone sitting on the sofa

Photograph: Kinga Krzeminska/Getty Images

Support The Guardian

The Guardian is editorially independent.
And we want to keep our journalism open and accessible to all.
But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work.

Support The Guardian


Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.  Learn more