Leading an unhealthy lifestyle ‘makes workers less productive’

September 28th, 2010 - 5:17 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sep 28 (ANI): A Dutch research has shown that leading an unhealthy lifestyle makes workers less productive and increases the sick leave they take.

Obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking accounted for more than one in ten days off sick, the study found.

Obese workers were 66 per cent more likely to be off work sick for ten to 24 days and 55 per cent more likely to be off for longer than that when compared with normal weight workers, reports the Telegraph.

Many large companies in Britain encourage healthy lifestyles through cycle to work schemes, offering gym membership and on-site medical staff in order to improve the overall health of their workforce.

The research has been published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (ANI)

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