A new study has revealed that people who engage in "active inactivity" in front of the television are more prone to becoming obese.
The study said that sedentary lifestyle spent in front of the idiot box triggers the deposition of new fat in fat cells. Amit Gefen, researcher in biomedical engineering at the Tel Aviv University and colleagues showed that prolonged periods of inactivity make preadipocyte cells turn into fat cells at a faster rate. Preadipocyte cells are precursors of fat cells.
"Obesity is more than just an imbalance of calories," said a statement released by Gefen. The researchers also found that prolonged inactivity also leads to muscle deterioration.
The study appears in the latest issue of the journal American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology.