Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sign of the Times - Ikea Video Game Playing Chair

It's called the Ikea Jesper Bench and the catalog picture above helps to explain what it's for.

I wonder when Ikea'll make an Insulin Table with refrigerated drawers, lancet dispensers and glucostrip disposal hole?

The chair can be yours for just $59.99 CAD.

[Hat tip to BMI's fitness director Rob]

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  1. Looks like a bad back in the making to me.

  2. As someone with type 1 diabetes, I would expect that kind of nonsense comment about a diabetes chair from someone who thinks they're an expert in diabetes because they watch the health segments on their local news, but from a doctor? Seriously?

  3. Lee Ann,

    You seem offended.

    My point here is not to offend but rather that the world is clearly changing and just as it's now possible to market a video game playing chair (when 30 years ago there weren't even video games) I'm not certain that such a desk would be a bad idea or beyond the realm of possibility given the WHO's prediction of 1 in 9 North Americans having type 2 diabetes by 2025.

  4. As a person with diet-controlled Type 2 diabetes who is active in the diabetes online community, I was not sure how offended I should be by the "insulin table" comment.

    While sedentary lifestyles do not help a genetic predisposition to Type 2 diabetes, I am sure you are aware that many people with Type 2 diabetes are well controlled with diet and exercise or with oral medications -- and that many, perhaps most, people with diabetes who are insulin-dependent have Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes, which is not related to sedentary lifestyle.

    This sort of comment only helps to befuddle the two major types and causes of persistent hyperglycemia and helps neither those who have autoimmune diabetes nor those who are prone to Type 2 diabetes.

  5. Anonymous2:24 pm

    Funny how the offended diabetics are actually the ones equating sedentariness with diabetes and not Dr. Freedhoff who's making a comment on our changing society which includes a rapidly growing diabetic population.

  6. Is there a conclusion other than commentary on sedentary lifestyles at which I should arrive when the blog is called "Weight Matters", it's written by a doctor who has an interest in obesity, and he's mocking a chair designed for video game play before commenting about a hypothetical chair designed for diabetics?

    If such commentary is going to be offered, at least specify that it's directed toward people at risk for TYPE 2 who aren't doing their darnedest to prevent onset. As Brenda said, don't add to the public's ongoing false assumption that "diabetes" is a single disease caused solely by sedentary lifestyles. People in health care should rightly assume greater responsibility to be accurate, correct, and purposeful in correcting misconceptions, not contributing to them. Don't be part of the problem, be part of the solution - and as someone who's lived with type 1 diabetes for 30 years, I can assure you, misconceptions are at least as rampant as the incidence of type 2.

    Also, there isn't anything new about video game chairs anyway since they've existed for several years, and they make chairs for all kinds of activities - sitting at a computer desk, sitting at a drafting table, sitting at a bar, sitting in a movie theater. There's nothing inherently wrong with playing video games, as long as it's done in moderation, but that applies to nearly everything.