QUIZ: Is your chair harming your health?


Dr. James Levine keeps a 1-mph pace on his treadmill while checking his e-mail Thursday, May 26, 2005 in Rochester, Minn. The obesity researcher and his team at the Mayo Clinic developed an alternative to the traditional cubicle workstations that combine a computer, desk and treadmill into one unit, offering an alternative to being sedentary in front of their computers.

AP Photo/Jim Mone

Are you a chair addict?

1. Do you work seated on a chair? (Yes/No)

2. Have you ever shopped on the Internet?

3. Do you watch TV sitting for one hour a day or more?

4. Do you ever eat while watching TV or in the car?

5. Have you ever Internet dated?

6. Do you own a recliner?

7. If you go to a party, do you seek out a chair?

8. Look at your sofa. Does it have an imprint of your buttocks?

9. Do you spend more time with friends, electronically than in real life?

10. Have you ever fantasized about or engaged in sexual intercourse while in a chair?


Give yourself 1 point for each yes answer.

0: Close the book and give it to a friend

1-2: Chair pre-addict

3-5: Chair addict

6-8: Chair imprisoned

9-10: Chairaholic

From Get Up! by James A. Levine. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of Palgrave Macmillan, a division of St. Martin's Press, LLC.