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Fareed speaks with David Agus, author of "The End of Illness" and one of the world's leading oncologists, about health in America. To see all of this or other interviews, download the show at iTunes.
You also point out something really interesting, which is that we all think that the path to being fit is to go to the gym. And you say if you go to the gym for 45 minutes, an hour a day – that actually doesn't make much of a difference if...
Well, listen, if you sit the rest of the day, sitting for five hours is equivalent to smoking a pack or a pack and a quarter of cigarettes. It's an amazing thing that we design buildings based on LEED certifications, right? It's going to help the environment and everything is recycled, etc. But we're not doing anything on health. The more important you are, the closer your parking space is to your desk. The more resources you have, the more bathrooms in your house. You don't have to walk place to place.
Well, 1953, they looked at the British Transit Authority. There were 26,000 workers. Half were the bus drivers and half were the ticket takers that walked up and down those double decker buses. Well, it was more than half the death rate of heart disease in the ticket takers and significantly less cancer. And they weighed the same...
Because they're the ones walking around?
They smoked the same, everything the same, it's just moving. Your body was designed to move. That's how your lymphatics work. Yet we've engineered our society to sit. We need to change that.