Sitting disease can lead to more than just weight gain; it also encompasses back pain, circulatory problems in the lower extremities, fatigues, focus issues, metabolic syndrome and reduced life expectancy.
It is a well-established scientific fact the human body was simply not designed to sit for many hours at a time. Our ancestors walked an average of eleven miles per day while hunting, gathering, and recreating. Ironically, the very technology we use today to make our lives easier—so we can press buttons to perform our work, communicate, order food, or play games—is also killing us.
What Are the Effects of Sitting Disease?
The advent of computing tools, cellphones, modern transportation, and an overabundance of enticing television programming is having significant detrimental effects on our society’s health as a whole, as now evidenced in the explosive rise of sitting disease. And it’s happening in all developed countries around the world from Mexico to New Zealand.
The rates of metabolic syndrome (leading to obesity and diabetes) and of many other related diseases are rising meteorically. The ramp up in follow-on afflictions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, increased joint, neck, shoulder and back pain, and much more can all be traced back to the rise in sitting disease. Lower back pain, “computer hunch” issues, poor circulation in the lower extremities, and shortened life expectancy also go hand in hand with a sedentary lifestyle.
In 2012 alone, 1,300 peer-reviewed studies were published linking sedentariness with heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other negative health effects. Most sufferers of sitting disease also have poor ergonomic setups when they are at their computers. Walk down to the IT department and take a look at how many workers exhibit the classic computer hunch. While ergonomic desks, chairs, and keyboard trays exist in the marketplace, few of us spend the time to research it and the money to equip ourselves properly.