Bernardino Ramazzini

Ramazzini (1633 – 1714AD)

Ramazzini on Sitting Occupations

“…those who sit at their work and are therefore called ‘chair workers,’ such as cobblers and tailors, suffer from their own particular diseases … [These workers] … suffer from general ill-health and an excessive accumulation of unwholesome humors….”

Sedentary workers … “suffer from the itch, are a bad colour, and in poor condition ….. for when the body is not kept moving the blood becomes tainted, its waste matter lodges in the skin, and the condition of the whole body deteriorates”.