The more we sit, the greater likelihood of death!

I’m considering getting a standing desk.  This should also help my bad neck.  Does anyone use a standing desk?

It’s harder for obese people to stand than normal folks – not just physically, but mentally, too. Nonetheless, we must strive to get out of the chair!  Dr. Sharma notes:

Thus, it appears that to reduce the risk of falling over, obese individuals must dedicate a substantial part of their attentional resources to postural control, to the detriment of non-postural events.

This may well be one reason why obese individuals would prefer to sit down while performing tasks that require their full attention. Thus, standing may not only be physically exhausting for obese individuals (from holding up that extra weight) but also mentally exhausting from the increased mental demand required to maintain their balance.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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