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Get off the sofa just like Christine did

By Robert McNeil

Now they're telling us not to sit down. Apparently, it's really bad for you. The more you sit the more your heart suffers. This is grim news. I've long followed the advice that says: Don't just do something, sit there.

But doctors are determined to drag us to our feet. They want us to stand up for ourselves. Outrageous!

This week, a top American fatologist emerged with a soot-blackened face from his laboratory and announced: “Even if someone has a healthy weight, sitting for long periods still has an unhealthy influence on their blood sugar and blood fats.” If you start the day with an hour-long run, you lose the health benefits by spending the rest of it on your butt. But don't people who stand all day get varicose veins? Once again, the health honchos have presented us with Hobson's choice.

There's only one thing to do with this American report: sit on it.

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