LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You don't smoke and you live a generally healthy life, so you're in the clear as far as unhealthy habits are concerned, right? Not so fast! Here are four unhealthy habits that are as bad as smoking.
Check out the full list from Yahoo! Shine: 6 Unhealthy Habits that are as Bad as Smoking
1. Sitting all day - Even if you exercise regularly, sitting for pro-longed periods is being linked to a variety of health problems. Inactivity is linked to about two-thirds as many cancer cases caused by smoking. Instead, make it a habit to take breaks on-the-move at work. At home, go for a short walk around the block to relax.
2. Eating too much meat & cheese - Animal proteins are rich in IGF-one, a growth hormone that can promote the growth of cancer cells. People on high animal-protein diets during middle age are 4-times more likely to die of cancer than people on low-protein diets, a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking. Make it right by replacing some of your animal proteins with veggies.
3. Cooking with Natural Gas - If you're one of the 34-percent of Americans whose home is equipped with a gas stove, you're getting an added dose of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and formaldehyde every time you cook a meal. Those same three contaminants are common in second-hand cigarette smoke. Make sure you use your vent hood when you're using your gas oven or cook-top - which can reduce pollutant levels by 60 to 90-percent.
4. Using Tanning Beds - These cause 420,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. every year. Smoking, by comparison, causes 226,000 cases of lung cancer. If you really want a natural glow, eat more carrots and tomatoes - which will boost your skin tone.