Stephen Hawking Wonders Why We Sit All Day [VIDEO]


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Stephen Hawking, renowned physicist and quadriplegic, thinks the best way to battle obesity is to stop sitting so much.

Hawking is constantly restricted to sitting in his wheelchair, and bemoans how “too many people die from complications related to overweight and obesity,” in a recent ad campaign for Swedish health non-profit GEN-PEP.


The 74-year-old cosmologist blames the crisis on people’s sedentary lifestyles.

“And for what it’s worth, how being sedentary has become a major health problem, is beyond my understanding,” says Hawking in the ad.

Sitting might actually be killing people, no matter how much they exercise, CNN previously reported.

“Prolonged sitting, meaning sitting for eight to 12 hours or more a day, increased your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%,” the report cited by CNN states.

The latest obesity statistics compiled by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show adult obesity rates now sit at 20 percent.

Hawking’s advice for fighting the pounds? Get up off the chair, “It’s not rocket science.”

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