What is Sitting Disease?

by David Roberts July 10, 2014

Sitting Disease is a relatively new catch-phrase in offices around the world, but what exactly is it?

Whilst people may not be familiar with the term "sitting disease" this is a term used to describe a sedentary lifestyle and the health implications of sitting for extended periods of time. With a changing job marketplace more and more people are deskbound and sitting 6+ hours a day,this is a real concern. A range of medical professionals have conducted research into this area.

For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking”

Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic

Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.”

James A. Levine, MD, PhD

Prolonged sitting should be considered within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture.”

British Journal of Sports Medicine

What can I do?

With a few simple changes to your day you can minimize the risks and increase your health!
  • Stand more (set a timer and stand hourly)
  • Change traditional video games into activity promoting ones — or buy an exercise video
  • Walk while on the phone
  • Get a pedometer and count your steps — increase from your baseline
  • Take stairs up one floor or down two (consider more)

More information on sitting disease and healthy workplaces

South Australia Govt Health | Canadian Living



David Roberts
David Roberts

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Katherine is one of the Directors of VARIDESK New Zealand. She has a passion for health and wellness in the workplace and helping others to enjoy the benefits of a standing desk.


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