New Study: Standing desks may increase caloric expenditure and improve behaviour in kids

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Dr Mark Benden from Texas A&M reports that standing desks increase caloric expenditure in elementary school students while also improving perceived behaviour:

Childhood obesity is a public health concern with significant health and economic impacts. We conducted a prospective experimental study in 4 classrooms in central Texas to determine the effect of desks that encourage standing rather than sitting on caloric expenditure in children. Students were monitored with calorie expenditure–measuring arm-bands worn for 10 days in the fall and spring. The treatment group experienced significant increases in calorie expenditure over the control group, a finding that has implications for policy and practice.

The full study is available ahead-of-print from the American Journal of Public Health.


  1. Kenneth says:

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  2. Notsitting says:

    Good & informative post, thanks for sharing with us. It’s a good idea to setup standing desk for kids in there classroom to increase caloric expenditure.

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