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What is Sitting Disease?

Linda Miller
Profile Picture of Linda Miller Linda established EWI Works in 1991 & has extensive experience in large-scale ergonomic projects involving design reviews & training. Industries include healthcare, utilities, forestry, mining and manufacturing. For two decades, she has presented at health & safety conferences & teaches at the University of Alberta.  Full Bio
Q:What is Sitting Disease?

Calvin: I'm sitting here today in my chair, Linda. I need to know what is Sitting Disease and should I be getting checked.

Linda: Well, sitting disease is actually just a fancy term to really highlight how sedentary we've become. And most of the activities we do on a daily basis require some form of sitting, so either you're sitting at your desk, most of us drive a car, or we’re actually sitting and maybe playing video games or even watching TV. So, it’s a good chunk of our day that we're very sedentary. So, it's not so much a disease. I would say it's coined as a nice, fancy way to talk about that fact that our lives are becoming very, very sedentary.

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