Emma doll illustrates how 20 years of office work could damage our body

How many hours do you spend per day? At school, at home or on the road? According to British scientists, sitting work in an office, in particular, is very unhealthy. They made a disturbing video about it.

British scientists have created a model of a woman, who has worked in the office for 20 years, to show how sedentary lifestyle and similar work impact human health. Through this experiment, scientists have tried to show what health problems can occur for a long time sitting at the computer screen and avoiding physical activity.

A permanently bent back caused by sitting for hours in a poor position
A permanently bent back caused by sitting for hours in a poor position.

In the new report, The Work Colleague of The Future, a group of health experts led by William Higham, a futurist, surveyed more than 3,000 office workers in France, Germany, and the UK to find out which diseases are most often diagnosed. The most common complaints were back pain and eye strain, as well as migraines. In addition, the workers often had visual problems, weight gain, and a number of other disorders.

Based on this data, modeling experts from Helix 3D created Emma doll, which specialists have called the “Your Work Colleague of the Future”. Through this statue, the team commissioned by Fellowes company, showing what will happen to the human body after 20 years of office work.

Dry and red eyes from long hours staring at a computer screen.
Dry and red eyes from long hours staring at a computer screen.

Emma, a life-sized doll, has been diagnosed with a permanently bent back caused by sitting for hours in a poor position, varicose veins from poor blood flow caused by sitting for long periods, a rotund stomach, dry and red eyes from long hours staring at a computer screen. In addition, Emma also suffers from stress-related eczema, excess weight, and swollen limbs.

Unless we make radical changes in our working life, such as moving more, addressing our posture at desks or taking breaks to walk regularly, our offices will make us very sick,” said report author William Higham. “It’s too late for Emma now, but there are many things we can do to take better care of our health at work,” he added.

We spend hours at work sat at our desks, but by introducing movement with a sit-stand solution – standing desk, for instance – we can combat the health issues caused by sitting for prolonged periods.

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