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People who spend too much time sitting may be at increased risk for an anxiety disorder, according to research led by a scientist at Deakin University in Australia. Researchers looked at nine studies of more than 40,000 adults and children that assessed anxiety levels as well as sedentary behavior, adding up how much time participants spent watching TV. working at a computer, playing video games and other inactive pastimes. When examined together, the studies indicated that increased sedentary behavior was associated with an increased risk of anxiety (BMC Public Health, June 19).

Therefore, get your children off the couch and get them moving. Remember, that couch potatoes are risk for obesity, depression, learning disabilities and anxiety disorders.

Susie Bean Gives Team