Link found between desk jobs and obesity

09-04-2009

Link found between desk jobs and obesity
New research has discovered a link between sitting down at a desk all day and obesity.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in the US conducted a study which examined the work and exercise habits of employees across the European Union.

It was found that traditional diets have been replaced by shop-bought lunches which are high in saturated fats. This is causing weigh-gain among many people.

Similarly, a lack of places for employees to store their own food is contributing to the problem.

Athena Linos, an epidemiology lecturer at Athens University, said: "A basic cause of obesity related to the workplace is a lack of awareness of how serious this issue is among employers and employees."

In other employee health news, a study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology last month suggested that middle-aged employees who work longer hours often have poorer mental skills.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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