Can sitting over 11 hours a day lead to a 50% chance of dying in three years?

Africa Check says a meme posted on social media that reads “Did you know? If you sit more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years,” has no references and is untrue.

Researcher at Africa Check Cayley Clifford says the post shared on Facebook does not give more details as to whether this refers to uninterrupted sitting or the total of the time spent sitting in a day.

She says a number of internet sites have also linked prolonged sitting to premature death, with one publication giving the risk as a lower 40% for the same 11 hours.

They [the interment sites] also did reference a 2012 study as proof, so we did have a bit of a lead there. This study actually looked a the link between sitting time and mortality.

Cayley Clifford, Researcher - Africa Check

It was published in a peer reviewed medical journal... the conclusion was the risk of death does actually increase when a person sits for a long time and sitting for more than 10 hours a day was actually referred to as hazardous.

Cayley Clifford, Researcher - Africa Check

Clifford says they tried to get in touch with the authors of the study but they did not respond.

Speaking to other professors on the matter, Clifford says they found that people who sit the most have about 20% increase of premature mortality but there is no time frame.

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