This disparity is even more egregious given that African Americans are more likely to develop and die from heart disease. “African Americans have a 30 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease compared to whites,” lead author Keith Diaz, an exercise physiologist and assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, told Gizmodo in an email. “So the goal of our study was to determine if TV watching or workplace sitting are possible behaviors that should be targeted for lowering their risk of heart disease.
Another implication of the study is that even people who spend long hours sitting at work, like truck drivers, office workers, or pug-obsessed reporters, aren’t necessarily doomed to one day come down with heart issues. “Focusing on reducing sitting time outside of work hours and replacing it with physical activity will still provide them with important health benefits,” Diaz added.