Sedentary behavior as a public health issue: Ergonomics as a useful tool


  • Senad Burak University of Sarajevo
  • Edin Begic Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
  • Nedim Begic Clinical Center University of Sarajevo
  • Faris Kadic Health Care Centre Sarajevo



Background: Sedentary behavior carries the risk of musculoskeletal problems, especially in the lumbosacral region of the spinal column.  According to modern lifestyle, this has begun to be a public health issue.

Objective: To point to the health risks of working at the computer and present an ergonomic analysis of the typical and improved position of workers in front of the computer, thereby reducing the chances of emergence occupational diseases.

Results:  Changing the position of the subjects led to a change in lumbar pressure from 2,818 N/m2 to 351 N/m2. Software analysis of the changed position indicates that this position is acceptable, both for the lumbosacral region of the spine and for the abdominal muscles.

Conclusions:  A change in body position will decrease lumbar moment and the load on the lumbosacral region of the spine. Work chair with lumbar support, the right desk height, setting the appropriate position of the monitor, selecting the optimal keyboard and mouse, dividing the workspace into appropriate zones, as well as changing lifestyle and habits should be part of the management of people who spend most of their working time in a sitting position.



How to Cite

S. . Burak, E. Begic, N. Begic, and F. Kadic, “Sedentary behavior as a public health issue: Ergonomics as a useful tool”, Sustainable Engineering and Innovation, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 112-120, Jan. 2020.