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#95: Dr. James Levine – Physiological & Psychological Effects of Chronic Sitting & Low NEAT

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Episode 95:Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic is on the show to discuss the effect of chronic sitting on the risk of blood sugar dysregulation, fat gain, obesity, neurological issues, productivity and general well-being.

Guest Bio

James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D

Having trained in clinical nutrition as a scholar at the University of Cambridge, James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D., has dedicated his scientific career to promoting health in adults and children through education and innovation. Dr. Levine currently serves as a principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Through three decades of research funded by the NIH, Dr. Levine’s team has pioneered the science of nonexercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) and harm associated with sedentariness. Low NEAT and sedentariness are major causes of obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, and two dozen other chronic disease and conditions. This work, published in journals such as Science and Nature, has resulted in broad societal impact and policy change.

Dr. Levine is a world authority on obesity, serving as a named expert at the United Nations, an invitee to the President’s Cancer Panel, and a consultant to governments internationally. He is the Dr. Richard F. Emslander Professor of Endocrinology and Nutrition Research at Mayo Clinic. He holds five tenured professorships at ASU, is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and the Regents Professor at Umea University, Sweden. He also serves as the co-director of Obesity Solutions, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU, and is the international director of Obesity Solutions’ sister center in Sweden.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What happens on a physiological level when we go from sitting to standing/walking?
  • The power of non-exercise activity thermogenesis
  • Inter-individual variability in body composition response to a given dietary intervention
  • Chronic sitting and risk of developing chronic diseases
  • How less sitting can improve psychological health, creativity and productivity
  • How to practically implement in your lifestyle
  • Bringing it to the mainstream: schools and offices

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