Working until it makes you sick: burnouts are becoming increasingly common. But working until you become physically ill? That has been happening for a long time — and quite often. In the past, people worked until they fell over. In countries like Japan, people still die from “karoshi” (death by overworking) to this day. When you think of occupational diseases, you probably think of heavy work: working in mines, sewers, plantations, and factories. But in reality, it’s not just road workers and cleaners who suffer physical complaints due to their jobs. How long do you sit in a chair each day? And what does your back think of it?