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April 15, 2011

in culture,wellness

“His initial question—which he first posed in a 1999 study—was simple: Why do some people who consume the same amount of food as others gain more weight? After assessing how much food each of his subjects needed to maintain their current weight, Dr. Levine then began to ply them with an extra 1,000 calories per day. Sure enough, some of his subjects packed on the pounds, while others gained little to no weight.

“‘We measured everything, thinking we were going to find some magic metabolic factor that would explain why some people didn’t gain weight,’ explains Dr. Michael Jensen, a Mayo Clinic researcher who collaborated with Dr. Levine on the studies. But that wasn’t the case. Then six years later, with the help of the motion-tracking underwear, they discovered the answer. ‘The people who didn’t gain weight were unconsciously moving around more,’ Dr. Jensen says. They hadn’t started exercising more—that was prohibited by the study. Their bodies simply responded naturally by making more little movements than they had before the overfeeding began, like taking the stairs, trotting down the hall to the office water cooler, bustling about with chores at home or simply fidgeting. On average, the subjects who gained weight sat two hours more per day than those who hadn’t.”

from is sitting a lethal activity?

here’s one place where technology is not serving our health.

we need to create disruptions in our 7-hour seat-warming days. reasons to get up. to move down the hall to talk instead of IMing.

it’s not big movements. it’s small ones. as small as bending to tie one’s shoe.



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Frank Roche April 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

This is amazing. We have a few stand up desks. We need more. And we need to, as you say, get people up and going. Thanks!


fran April 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

the new evidence that we need more regular, routine movement’s pretty compelling. i’ve tried lots of things to see what works for me, from my #dancebreaks to setting an alarm. it all feels a little forced, but without some intrusion i can sit for hours without budging. i have an idea for an app that could be pretty cool and fun.



Frank Roche April 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Fran, this is very compelling. Cool idea…and cool that you have an app in the works. Very smart.


fran April 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

thanks, frank. this article is in this sunday’s new york time magazine, along with other great articles and images. pick it up if you get the chance.



Louisa October 10, 2016 at 7:53 am

You write so holsteny about this. Thanks for sharing!


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Eu sunt acum a 10-a….ce sa zic, prima zi de scoala a fost naspa … sincer, nici nu se compara cu cea de anul trecut (a fost o vreme excelenta) da poate sunt eu prea dezamagit acum de situatie.(alti profi…au plecat niste colegi… :(( ) Apropo de invatatul in mini colegiu…sincer va compatimesc, e super nasol sa invatati acolo….departe de societate :))ÃŽÅ£i place? 0

Reply October 25, 2016 at 8:54 pm

I've had the most horrible, morbid nightmares ever since I was a kid. Sometimes it seems like my mind is the world's most terrifying horror-movie studio (and in reality, I don't even watch or like things like that!). I can still remember some of the worst dreams I've had since age five or so!


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