By Chelsea Karnash

BATON ROUGE, LA (CBS) – A new study should strike fear in the hearts of those who spend their 9-to-5 sitting at a desk.

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According to research from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the adverse health effects of prolonged sitting are widespread – regardless of race, sex, socioeconomic status, medical history, diet and physical activity.

The research, which controlled for multiple factors and examined nearly 5,000 adults who self-reported daily sitting time, not only found that sitting increases a person’s risk of diabetes and heart disease. It also found that not even daily physical activity such as running is enough to counteract the effects of sitting for prolonged periods.

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Even worse, “prolonged periods” actually means as little as four hours a day – far less than the majority of workers average.

“Self-reported sitting time was associated with adverse cardiometabolic risk factors consistently across sex and race groups in a representative US sample, independent of other risk factors,” the study concludes. “Excessive sitting warrants a public health concern.”

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The only remedy? Standing up. Hear that corporate leaders? Bring on the standing desks!