Now there’s even more evidence that desk jobs are bad for your health. A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology posits that people who drive a desk for more than a decade are 94% more likely to suffer a tumor in the bowel. 94%! That more than doubles your risk of bowel cancer. To add insult to injury, the study also found that those who kept fit, exercised regularly, and enjoyed leisure time activities, in no way reduced their chances of getting a bowel tumor. “Even a high level of vigorous recreational physical activity did not modify the effect of sedentary work,” the researchers from the University of Western Australia wrote in their findings.
Did you get that folks? Sit on your ass, you’re gonna get cancer. Workout and exercise daily, you’re gonna get cancer. Fan-bloody-tastic.
I’m a writer, so I spend eight to ten hours a day behind my computer. What’s worse, when I get home, I usually write some more! I keep a personal blog, I engage with friends on Twitter and Facebook, and I download music. Forget the requirements of office work, my personal downtime is spent behind a computer. Just thinking about how much of my life is spent clacking away at the keyboard, surely my rump should be Cancer City by now.
Despite what this report says, I think it’s crying wolf to an extent. The reason I’m not sick with cancer can be attributed to the fact that I work out daily and eat a diet high in anti-oxidant, nutrient-rich fruits and veg. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that, yes, no matter how much preventative work we do to keep ourselves cancer-free, there are variables in life that can cause the disease anyway (such as air pollution, second-hand smoke, smog, exhaust, and stress). As working people, as long as you’re doing the best you can to balance the limb-atrophying effect of office life, my guess is, you’ll be fine.
In any case, this makes our gallery last week about desk job alternatives even more prescient. If you’re worried about health risks and you’re not 110% in love with your job, maybe you should look into becoming a tour guide, after all.