Did you know that obesity is responsible for the death of at least 2.8 million people in the world every year?
The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks obesity as the second largest cause for death followed by tobacco consumption. This problem that was largely faced by the high-income countries is now spreading to the mid- and low-income (developing) countries as well. Interestingly, reports by WHO indicate that in the developing countries, the rate of childhood obesity is 30% more than the developed countries.
This is a serious concern—worldwide, over 42 million children under the age of 5 are obese. Considering the fact that kids today sit 5-7 hours a day, it is not a surprise! The likelihood of these children developing asthma, joint problems, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, peer victimization and eventually becoming obese adults is significantly higher. They are also prone to more severe health risks and a shorter life span than individuals with adult-onset obesity.
Schools have introduced several physical activity based programs. While, these have proven to be helpful, they concentrate only on a small part of the child’s day. During class hours, the child is still sitting and not subjected to any movement. We need to stem this increasing rate of childhood obesity and there is no better place to start than at school, where children sit 65%–70% of the time. Here’s where standing desks come into play!
Several schools have experimented with standing desks and the results have been promising. The schools reported that the children focused better, were more alert and teachers were able to keep their attention. It has also been proven that even children with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) were able to focus more and perform better academically.
Standing desks help burn calories, decrease appetite, and reduce fatigue and sleepiness. Children seem to feel a sense of equality with the teacher, which in turn enables better participation in the classroom. Standing desks usually also come with high stools and foot rest bars that enable children to sit or stand as they feel and move without interrupting the class.
Other studies have indicated that standing desks have helped to significantly improve metabolic profiles, high-density lipoprotein production, lipoprotein lipase activity, and blood glucose control. In addition, a study by Hamilton MT, Healy GN, Dunstan DW, Zderic TW, Owen N and a bunch of other experts recounted that standing muscle activity causes isometric contraction of postural muscles, which produces electromyographic and skeletal muscle lipoprotein lipase changes resulting in additional biomarkers for health benefits.
According to Get Britain Standing, research indicates that standing desks have helped middle-school children expend an additional 114 kcal/day. Apparently, Standing and standing for over half a day reduces chances of obesity by 59%. As children grow older it is also said to reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Standing Desks: For a Better and Healthier Tomorrow!
Posted by Christen da Costa Dec 9, 2015 Sit-Stand Desks 0 Comments