Toronto — Sitting or standing for prolonged periods may adversely affect workers’ health, according to separate studies from the Institute for Work and Health. So, what should workers do?
In a video titled Sitting or standing? Which is best? – posted Nov. 16 – two IWH researchers behind the studies answer that question to help clarify their recent research.
Aviroop Biswas, a post-doctorate fellow, is the author of a 2015 study on the health effects of prolonged sitting. His findings concluded that workers who sit for more than eight hours a day are at higher risk for certain types of cancers, heart disease and diabetes. “Most worrying, the chances of getting Type 2 diabetes is nearly twice as high for people who sit for very long periods of the day,” Biswas says in the video.
Peter Smith, a senior scientist at IWH, authored a 2017 study on prolonged standing on the job. His research revealed that workers who stand for long periods have a heart disease risk that is 2.2 times higher than “those who mainly sit on the job.”