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Obesity expert says daily workouts can’t undo damage done from sitting all day

Wed Jan 9, 2013 1:02 PM EST

By Mary Murphy
Rock Center

Americans sit more than ever before – at work, at school, even at play. Chained to your chair? Well, obesity expert Dr. James Levine calls that dangerous behavior. Like tobacco, he says, sitting is hazardous to your health.

“Sitting all day long is literally killing us,” claims Levine who treats obesity at the Mayo Clinic, one of the country’s premiere research hospitals.

Levine’s research has turned conventional thinking about exercise on its head. Many think a dose of exercise is a perfect prescription for good health, but Levine’s research shows that a daily trip to the gym, while beneficial, can’t undo the damage done from sitting all day.

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