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Employers should encourage healthy lifestyle

2 August 2013

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Employers should do more to encourage a healthy lifestyle, as research shows more than a third of employees have put on weight because of their job. 

More than 35% of workers have put on weight because of their job, while 44% of workers would not recommend their career to someone who wanted to live healthily, a survey has revealed. 

The weight gain caused more than 21% of workers to suffer from some sort of illness as a result. 

The survey by Canada Life Research revealed that workers may gain up to 7lbs (3.2kg) on as a result. 

Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “There can’t be many people who can say they haven’t fallen into bad eating habits at work. 

“Whether its falling prey to the office feeder who just can’t resist bringing in naughty treats, eating lunch at your desk while working, or simply forgetting about lunch altogether and having to grab something unhealthy on the way home, all these bad habits add up to the tune of 7 lbs a year for the average employee who has put on weight.”

Similar findings by PruHealth revealed that poor lifestyle choices can reduce the length and quality of worker’s lives.