In a study published recently online in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers concluded that nearly a third of normal-weight U.S. adults are at increased risk of a heart attack or a stroke due to too much sitting around time.
Why are some normal-looking people at the same added risk of cardiovascular problems as people who are obviously much overweight?
Because despite looking normal to their scale (and maybe to their spouse, as well), these people still had too much belly fat, and excess belly fat is well established as a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.
So does standing more counteract the deleterious effect of too much sitting?
Probably not although the jury is still out and may be out for a very long time before this issue is definitively settled.
However, the good news is that moving more does seem to counteract the negative effect of spending too much time sitting, although the bad news is that you do have to move.