The Dangers of Sitting

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Scientists and health experts are gathered in California at Stanford University to discuss the dangers of sitting.

Although much of the research into the health risks is preliminary, several studies suggest that people who spend prolonged periods on their behind are more likely to be overweight, have heart disease or even die.

The goal of the two-day conference that started Thursday in Palo Alto is to discuss the existing science on the topic and what research is still needed.

Experts hope that with more research and discussion, policymakers will eventually be able to issue guidelines about how much time in a seat is too much.

For now, scientists are encouraging people to take breaks and move around more.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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