Battling Texas’ Obesity Rate Based on Science
Texas ranks 19th in the nation in overall obesity rates with 29.2% of its adult population classified as obese. Unfortunately there are no reliable, established state statistics for adult activity levels - which is a large part of the problem according to recent studies out of Stanford University establishing inactivity as the primary culprit causing obesity in America.
Americans spent more than $2.4 billion on diet programs and another $14 billion on weight loss supplements last year yet are more obese now than ever before leaving the ‘BMI challenged’ despondent and defeated. Many hold to the belief that the super sizing of America’s diet is the culprit and point to a generation of slovenly, lazy over eaters that are placing this state and our nation’s overall health at risk. Science says we should not be so fast to condemn ourselves.
The Stanford study, documents a precipitous decline in physical activity over the past decades and an increase in BMI (Body Mass Index) levels set against caloric intake levels that have remained virtually unchanged. It ain’t the food, it’s the chair.
Health experts have established the myriad risks of sitting in an office all day, now equating it on the same level as smoking, however many employers remain in the dark as to the damage wrought on employees forced into cubicles throughout the day and the added pounds that mount annually.
The innovators behind the first affordable treadmill desk (the TrekDesk) think they might have a solution. Known as the TrekDesk II, it is a combination desk that can be used as a regular desk, a standing desk, a sit-to-stand desk, or a motion desk (treadmills, steppers, ellipticals) and changes as an individual’s needs and appetites for motion change. This allows employees to ease into moving more during the day in the event they are uncertain about their abilities to walk all day with a treadmill desk.
“We originated the idea for the first affordable treadmill desk that would fit any existing treadmill in 2008 when nearly everyone thought it was a ludicrous idea. Five years later the concept of walking while working has been accepted as a significant option in the fight against diseases caused by sedentary lifestyles,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “We have learned quite a lot about our customer’s needs and their challenges bringing in treadmill desks to the office over the years. We decided it was time to design a desk that could be used in multiple capacities answering those concerns while encouraging a path to health. That is the impetus behind the TrekDesk II.”
TrekDesk often receives requests for assistance convincing employers to allow treadmill desks in the office and from companies that would surprise many. “We even received a call from a high level executive within the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) asking for assistance in convincing procurement officials about the health benefits of walking while working,” added Bordley. “We knew then that our “Movement Revolution” was going to be a challenge.”
TrekDesk II is a multi-function product that allows a user to start with a regular desk and graduate to standing or sit-to-stand status while allowing the eventual addition of motion devices such as treadmills, ellipticals, or step machines.
“Our main goal is to get employees up and out of their chairs,” stated Bordley. “Once someone starts standing while working they start weaning themselves from chairs. That strengthens their back muscles and also motivates them to move more. A body in motion tends to stay in motion and people are surprised to learn that they can stay upright and in motion for most if not all of the day. It is, after all, how we evolved so it should not be a surprise that our bodies require and crave motion.”
TrekDesk II has just launched a crowd funding campaign with Kickstarter launched in hopes of keeping the manufacturing of this unique product here in the United States.
Designed as a single product that meets multiple needs and encourages movement in stages, the TrekDesk II is an affordable, full sized, height adjustable workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of daily exercise to lose weight, maintain health, reduce stress, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation.
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