JAMMU, Mar 5: Attributing “sedentary behaviour” (lack of physical activity) as a major concern in developing cardiovascular diseases, Dr Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology Department, Government Medical College and Super Specialty Hospital, Jammu today underlined that sedentary way of life has increased dramatically and this is a matter of common observation that a multitude of serious health risks are associated with prolonged and excessive sitting.
“A variety of studies even warn that sedentary lifestyles are likely to be causing as many deaths as smoking,” Dr Sharma said while examining patients during a daylong camp at Government Girls Middle School, Barnai wherein about more than 200 patients were screened and advised for various ailments.
Dr Sushil said: “a sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. It is commonly found in both the developed and developing world. Sedentary activities include sitting, reading, socializing, watching television, playing video games, mobile phone and computer use for much of the day with little or no vigorous physical exercise. Hi-tech advances in civilized societies within the last 50 years have created an environment that promotes sedentary existence.
Others, who were instrumental in this endeavour included, Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Kewal Sharma. Volunteers namely Kamal Kishore, Kashmiri Lal, Vikas Sabharwal, Ankush Kohli, Harvinder Singh, Raj Kumar, Gourav Sharma, Rohit Khajuria and Vikas Kumar also joined the camp.