Confirmed: He Who Sits the Most Dies the Soonest
The Atlantic, 19 April 2012
By: Neil Wagner
This article claims that sitting is bad for your health and may increase the likelihood of dying, based on research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Vocabulary and Discussion:
- sedentary: the state of sitting for long periods of time (slang: lounge lizard, couch potato)
e.g. A sedentary life style is often linked to health problems.
- leisure: use of free time for enjoyment
e.g. Reading is one of my favourite leisure activities!
- likelihood: probability
e.g. In this article, the likelihood of dying increased by 40% for Australians aged 45 and above that sat for more than 11 hours a day.
- prolong: continuing for a long time or longer than usual
e.g. Can you prolong life by sitting less?
- dose response relationship: relationship in which a change in the amount, intensity, or duration of exposure is associated with a change in risk of a specified outcome. (source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary)
e.g. "It also found a clear dose-response effect: the more people sat, the higher their risk of death." -from the reading
- self-report: a method of gathering data by having the participant/subject report what happened or how they feel (Source: Northwest Precedent)
e.g. "It compared the self-reported daily sitting time of 222,497 Australian adults 45 years or older with their likelihood of death in the next three years." -from the reading
- accompany: escort / follow / partner -from the Macquarie Dictionary
e.g. Will you accompany me to the party?
e.g. An accompanying editorial suggests that the evidence is now strong enough that doctors should prescribe reduced sitting time to their patients. -from the reading
- editorial: a newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue.(Source: Google Dictionary)
- archive: collection of documents or records, often historical in nature
e.g. The library has an archive of historical library photographs.
- essay vs journal article
We talked about the differences between how to structure an essay vs a journal article. The structure will depend on several factors, but generally they both have an introduction, main body and conclusion. Essays are structured according to the requirements of the assignment, while journal articles will be structured according to the guidelines of the journal where the article is published. Journal articles usually have very specific requirements, and vary for different disciplines.
- Thursday 10 May in Room 4G (Level 4 Lecture Room) 2.00-3.30 pm