Desk fatties rejoice! Fat’s not killing us, diseases are
Some good news for us desk fatties this week. Sitting hunched over our computers all day is not actually making us obese. In fact we burn just as much energy as our hunter-gathering ancestors did.
Really. We know this because scientists from Hunter College at the University of Arizona and Stanford University told us so.
They conducted an experiment comparing the daily expenditure of the Hadza, a tribe of traditional hunter-gatherers from northern Tanzania, Africa, with the average Western desk worker. In all cases they found that our energy expenditure was exactly the same.
That’s great news for anyone who spends a large proportion of their day bemoaning the fact that they can’t go and play outside in the sunshine. But it doesn’t rule out the other, potentially more perilous aspects of being completely desk-bound for at least eight hours a day.
Hygiene is my biggest bugbear. There is nothing worse than sharing an otherwise companionable workspace with the pesteringly un-hygienic. Examples include days old tea cups, and used plates or forks, un-emptied garbage bins and coffee stains that mark the desk for weeks on end.
Sore neck and shoulders. Yes, we all know this discomfort can be prevented with the simplest of stretches, but hardly anyone remembers to do that. It’s quite concenring how often you can find yourself sitting for two or three hours at a time without noticing.
Lack of privacy during phonecalls. Ever been in the middle of a heated domestic discussion over the phone at work? There is nothing worse than realising mid-way through a particularly vehement point that everyone around you can hear everything you say. At least it keeps the office gossip amused.
But now it’s over to you, what’s your biggest gripe about being chained to a desk?
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