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R. Gowri*. N. Narayanan, A. Maheswaran, J. Kapileshwar, A. Kavithra, V. Kamaladevi


A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. A person adopts a sedentary lifestyle called as a slob or couch potato and this condition prevails commonly in both the developed and developing world. Sedentary activities comprises of simply sitting, reading, usage of computer for prolonged hours, watching television, playing video games, little or no vigorous physical exercise. A sedentary lifestyle poses serious health threat. Improper unhealthy diet combat with lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle may accelerate the ageing process in humans. Technology has brought about more inactive modes of transit, caused an increase in desk jobs and has developed more activities that can be done while sitting (i.e. watching TV, surfing the web, playing video games). Ironically, sitting down to work can actually lead to health complications like difference in body weight, type 2 diabetes etc. This review poses overall reasons for sedentary lifestyle and associated diseases.

Keywords: Sedentary life style, couch potato, Diabetes.

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