Too Much Sitting May Raise Anxiety Risk
While prolonged sitting has long been linked to chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and some cancers, a new Australian study has found that it also could have an effect on a person's mental health by rasing their risk of anxiety.
Researchers at Deakin University did a systematic review of nine studies (7 examined adults, 2 included teens) that looked at the relationship between anxiety and sedentary behavior. Across the studies, sedentary behavior had different definitions, but they found that five of the studies showed a link between sedentary behavior and an increased risk of developing anxiety, while four of the studies saw that longer time spent sitting increased the risk as well.
Although the evidence in the studies was less strong with regards to an association between the amount of time using screens and anxiety, one study reported that 36 percent of high school students with more than two hours of screen time a day were more likely to develop anxiety than those who had less than two hours.
The evidence suggests an association between sitting time and anxiety symptoms, but researchers agreed that more thorough studies need to be done to find a significant link.