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Standing on the job gains favour in US workplaces

Published on May 29, 2014 12:53 PM
Kathleen Hale (L), 34, co-founder and CEO of the company Rebel Desk, which sells standing desks and treadmills desks, shows how to use the treadmill and standing desk in Washingon, DC, on May 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Three centuries after Thomas Jefferson found standing up a superior way to work, a growing number of Americans are mulling the dangers of sitting down on the job - and opting to get on their feet.

Backaches. Muscular degeneration. Heart disease. Diabetes. Colon cancer. Even premature death is on the list of the potential consequences of a sedentary working life, according to a raft of studies on the topic.

"We're sitting ourselves to an early death," said Rob Danoff, a family physician in Pennsylvania and member of the American Osteopathic Association with a special interest in preventative medicine.

"We are a 'potato' society," he told AFP in a telephone interview "We sit most of the day, so we are work potatoes - and then we go home and we are couch potatoes. That combination can be deadly."

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