Standing on the job gains favour in US workplaces
Published on May 29, 2014 12:53 PM
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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