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Standing Desks Could Combat Childhood Obesity

Oct 3, 2014

Changing the type of desks students use in schools could impact the health of our nation….

Obesity is a big concern and some adults are opting to use standing desks in favor of their standard office chairs as a way to avoid sitting during long hours at work, believing that this can improve their overall health.

In a new study, Fast CoExist reports that the standing desks resulted in a significant increase in activity. The students were able to burn 15 percent more calories that the students who used the traditional school desks. Obese children did even better, resulting in 25 percent more calories burned.

“When children are given environments that encourage and promote movement during instructional time, they will move more and consequently increase their energy expenditure. Similarly, traditional seated environments may actually constrain children’s natural physicality and restrict their movements to a minimal level.”

The standing desks that were provided to the school children had a higher desk, which came with a stool that the children could use when they want to sit down.

After the experiment, teachers of the students were interviewed, and according to them, the children also had improved concentration with the use of standing desks. The teachers also stated that younger pupils were more willing to stand up than the older kids.
The study is at its early stages, and it needs to conduct further testing to a larger set of students.

“The results of this study and previous pilot studies have established that activity-permissive classrooms do not cause harm to students; result in increased energy expenditure that may combat obesity among those in the highest risk categories; and improve behavioral engagement.”

The standing desks are manufactured by a company called Stand2Learn. When the experiment was conducted, the students were not briefed about the desks. They were just present in the classroom when they turned up for classes.

Researchers of the study hope that with the results of their research, standing desks will replace standard desks someday in order to combat childhood obesity, and at the same time, not affect the children’s classroom learning experience.