WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- As part of a report to show the side-effects of a sedentary lifestyle on health, an office equipment company created a life-sized doll that portrays how an office worker would look like for 2 decades of sitting too much.
- Emma, your so-called “future work colleague” has a stooped back, puffy legs full of varicose veins, pale skin and red eyes from hours of staring at the computer.
- Report writer William Higham said that people may be scared when they see Emma, but at the same time the doll gives them more insight into the bad effects of bad posture and remaining stationary for long hours.
The human body is not designed to remain stationary for long hours. One of the worst side effects of sitting too long is a severely hunched-over posture that happens to a lot of desk workers.
Meet Emma, your “work colleague of the future”, a life-sized doll that represents how a stressed average desk worker would look like in 20 years after long hours of screen time, work and sitting. She embodies everything going wrong with your work environment without intervention.
She has pale and pallid skin after years of being under artificial light with arms covered with eczema due to stress. Emma has a permanently stooped back due to sitting long hours at her workstation. Her legs are puffy and full of varicose veins as a result of the lack of blood flow from 20 years of sitting. Poor air quality has given her swollen sinuses, with more ear hairs sprouting out with bloodshot eyes from staring too long at a computer screen.
Emma is created by British office equipment company Fellowes Brands who partnered with experts like behavioral futurist William Higham to show humans how not making changes in the workplace would affect their health.
Report author Higham told HuffPost that Emma could look like the ‘worst-case scenario’.
“Emma is what could happen to somebody in the worst case if they do everything badly,” he said. He also said that he believes people are more able to relate to the issue once they see Emma because all the more can they visualize the health risks.
Although sitting incorrectly all day may not always result to a hunched back, still, it has been linked to bad health outcomes. A three-year study found that people who did not do at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week had higher mortality risks.
Higham said that Emma made him think more. “I take more breaks than I used to. I stand up more. I’ll stand once an hour. I’ll make sure I’m not in the same position for a long time. I’ll take breaks from staring at the screen.”
Though the Fellowes website says it’s too late for Emma now, I would still say there’s hope. I would say, ‘come Emma and let’s get you out of this job, now!’