By Sue Shekut, Licensed Massage Therapist, ACSM Personal Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage
Are you an avid video gamer or person that likes to read or work sitting upright on the couch or in bed? Or are you of wider than “average” girth? Keep in mind that average is not the norm these days. Recent statistics state that 62% of the American population is considered “obese.” A person is considered obese if his or her fat body weight is more that 30 percent of his or her total weight.
Funny thing is, office furniture is still made for the Hollywood ideal, the office workers of Mad Men days. If you don’t fit that body ideal, we are not going to lecture you about the need to lose fat. Being height/weight proportionate is the healthier goal. However, getting fit is not something you can do overnight. So what do you do to sit comfortably when you have a wide girth?
A good backrest for people with wider girth or those that want a bed rest for reading or working sitting upright in bed or on a couch is the Orbus Forme Wide-back Backrest. It’s also great for gamers that rest on a bed or couch playing video games. (Of course, if you get a Wii Fit you can game and get fit!)
Obus Forme Wide-back Backrest
According to the manufacturer:
• 3 inches wider and 1 inch taller than normal backrest
• Enhances overall posture and provides relief from pain from poor posture
• S-shaped frame
• Portable and lightweight
Amazon Reviewers Say:
• It is the PERFECT “pillow” with back support and the BEST I have found for sitting up to read or use a laptop in bed. It offers the kind of support that other sitting up in bed pillows don’t. I think I have tried every style of bed pillow ever made for reading in bed without being 100% satisfied with their performance and my comfort. So, I am delighted with this use for this backrest. This backrest nearly hits the 100% mark as a reading pillow.
• The one big problem with this backrest is that the curve of it sticks far from the chair making the space where your legs go is cut to half of what it originally was. My back feels better but now my legs hurt because they hang over the edge too far because of the curve of the backrest.
However, if your chair allow for the backrest and you are of wider than Mad Men ideal girth, this backrest may be the perfect fit for you! Until they start making wider, better cushioned office chairs.