Physiologists analyzing obesity, heart disease, and diabetes found that the act of sitting shuts down the circulation of a fat-absorbing enzyme called lipase. They found that standing up engages muscles and promotes the distribution of lipase, which prompts the body to process fat and cholesterol, independent of the amount of time spent exercising. They also found that standing up uses blood glucose and may discourage the development of diabetes.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Posture : sitting and the metabolic syndrome
Related to some of the posture things I've been posting, how about this research which posits a link between sitting a lot and the biochemistry of getting fat: