In just 20 years, the average office worker will have a bent back, protruding from his stomach and sore eyes, according to a life-size doll developed as part of a workplace health report.
Called Emma, the model shows what office workers will look like in the future – with a variety of medical problems, unless changes are made to the work environment.
She has thick varicose veins from sitting most of the day, plus a bulging stomach caused by her sedentary lifestyle.
Emma has a protruding stomach
Emma also has her back permanently bent and her eyes red and sore, leaning forward and staring at a screen.
According to William Higham, author of the Future Coworker report, if employers and workers do not act now to address the health risks posed by modern desk jobs, we will all end up looking like Emma.
"Unless we make radical changes in our working lives, such as changing more, approaching our posture at our desks, taking regular breaks on foot or thinking about improving our workstation, our offices will make us very sick."
William Higham introduces Emma
According to the report, commissioned by office equipment company Fellowes, over 90% of UK office workers suffering from health problems because of their jobs are therefore underperforming at work.
Approximately 50% of all British workers surveyed as part of the study said they had eye problems from work and 49% had back problems.