Regular readers of Obesity Panacea will know that sedentary behaviour is being increasingly viewed as a distinct risk factor for chronic disease, rather than simply the lack of physical activity. Earlier this year the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) asked me to write a brief review on the topic, which was published earlier this month in the summer issue of The Diabetes Communicator. The article gives a brief overview of the recent research on this area, and gives some (possibly naive) suggestions for ways that healthcare professionals can help their patients reduce their sedentary time. For a more detailed look at the physiological impact of sedentary behaviour, you may want to check out this recent 5-part series.
The good folks at the CDA have been kind enough to allow me to post the full article here on the blog. You can read the pdf below, or simply download it here. I should mention that CDA will also be funding the last two years of my PhD research (beginning in January of 2012) for which I am eternally grateful!
One last bit of housekeeping – the blog is likely to be more quiet than usual for the next 2-3 weeks. Not for lack of things to blog about – I’ve got a few podcasts recorded and we have a huge list of blog topics that we want to get to. Be that as it may, I am getting married at the end of the month (woot!) and I have also just begun collecting pilot data for my PhD thesis (which requires that I be in the lab for 10-11 hours straight), so it hasn’t left much time for blogging this month.
Once things settle down at the end of August we’ll be back to our usual semi-regular posting schedule. In the meantime you may want to check out our archives at www.obesitypanacea.com, or visit any of the blogs listed in the blogroll at our current home page.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!