A recent study from Texas A&M University has found that standing desks for elementary school could help reduce body mass index in children.

Standing Desks for Elementary SchoolsThe study was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.  It includes results from data collected at three College Station schools, in 24 elementary classrooms.

According to Mark Benden, associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health who was an author of the study, the results show benefits for children’s health and academic studies.

“Research around the world has shown that standing desks are positive for the teachers in terms of classroom management and student engagement, as well as positive for the children for their health, cognitive functioning and academic achievement,” said Benden. “It’s literally a win-win, and now we have hard data that shows it is beneficial for weight control.”

Researchers had previously discovered that students burn up to 15 percent more calories when standing than those who remain seated.  Measuring weight loss in young bodies that are growing and changing is a challenge, but measuring the BMI was consistent.

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