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Standing Desk

Standing Desks

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Standing desks seem to be one of those movements that have developed an irresistible momentum. No data needed. They instinctively resonate as a good idea. A no brainer. Why would we need any research to back it up? Sedentary lifestyles are killing us, causing obesity, diabetes, back pain . . . so standing must be better.

If it wasn’t already clear through common sense, it’s become painfully clear through science that sitting all day is terrible for your health. What’s especially alarming about this evidence is that extra physical activity doesn’t seem to offset the costs of what researchers call “prolonged sedentary time.” Just as jogging and tomato juice don’t make up for a night of smoking and drinking, a little evening exercise doesn’t erase the physical damage done by a full work day at your desk.

a medical student with a serious look on his face

Information Aversion – A Regrettable Form of Self-delusion

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I often talk about self-delusion. In many cases, we can frame situations so that they are positive and unless there are unavoidable and serious consequences this can actually increase lifetime levels of happiness. But when there are unavoidable and serious consequences, we need to pop the self-delusion bubble. This is one of those examples. The study finds that women who hear that a coworker was diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to get mammograms and to be proactive about their own health.

It’s the idea that information can sometimes be scary. And in those cases, people can sometimes avoid that kind of information…