Should the schooldesk be BANNED across America to beat obesity?

Oct 2, 2014 by

They used stand-biased desks are passive, low-risk classroom interventions that allow students to sit or stand during lecture time at their discretion.

‘With these standing workstations, children have the opportunity to increase physical activity and caloric expenditure, as well as to relieve stress on spinal structures that may occur with traditional desks,’ the team say.

Mark Benden,of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, recently conducted a study in which stand-biased desks were introduced in elementary classrooms in an effort to combat childhood obesity.

Approximately 500 elementary students in the College Station Independent School District participated in either control (seated) or stand-biased desk classrooms.

The researchers used Sensewear devices to measure children’s step count and energy expenditure.

Each participant was asked to wear the device for five consecutive school days, and each classroom was measured for one week in both the fall and spring semesters.

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While the participants wore the device all day, the main goal was to measure whether the stand-biased desks made any impact during the traditional lecture time spent with students at their desks.

The findings from the study indicate that the implementation of stand-biased desks had a statistically significant and positive impact on the amount of calories burned.

‘The students at stand-biased desks burned 15 percent more calories during the study period than students at traditional desks, and obese children at standing desks increased their calorie use by 25 percent,’ Benden said.

via Should the schooldesk be BANNED across America to beat obesity? Researchers call for schools to install standing desks as study finds they burn far more calories  | Daily Mail Online.

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