Sitting for long periods, failing to drink enough water or take exercise and eating high-calorie food more than two days a week are included on a list of the top 10 bad health habits among Taiwanese, according to the results of a recent lifestyle survey.
Sitting for extended periods without getting up to stretch topped the list as the worst habit people have developed, according to the TVBS Poll Center, which surveyed 1,029 people aged over 15 from Oct. 3 to Oct. 7.
The survey found that 72 percent of respondents were used to sitting or standing for long periods and around 30 percent never practiced sports.
Chen Liang-kung (陳亮恭), director of the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, said people who get insufficient exercise have a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome or cardiovascular disease.
Not drinking enough water took second place on the list, with the survey suggesting that 33 percent of those polled drink less than the daily necessary average intake of 1,000cc, which can cause inflammation of the urethra or contribute to kidney stones, according to Chen.
However, the survey found that 30 percent of respondents have at least one sugary drink every day, putting them at risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
Sleeping for fewer than six hours, placing a mobile phone next to the pillow and using a digital product in bed were also habits that were listed.
Chen said these behaviors can accelerate the aging process and damage health.
People aged between 20 and 29 have the worst lifestyles in general, while those aged 40 or above have often started to display signs associated with health warning, the survey revealed.