Is hybrid working beneficial for employee wellbeing?
October 9 2023Read more
According to a recent study conducted by University College London, 48% of Britons will be obese by 2045 if current trends are not halted.
Obesity is a medical condition that occurs when an individual carries excess weight or body fat that might affect their health. The NHS provide a BMI healthy weight calculator which can be used to indicate whether an individual is at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. For most adults, a BMI of:
According to the NHS, obesity affects approximately one in four adults, and one in five children aged 10 to 11. It can lead to many serious health conditions that are potentially life-threatening, including:
As well as the serious health conditions mentioned above, obesity can also affect a person’s quality of life and their relationships with family and friends. This can lead to psychological issues such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Obesity can also lead towards a number of day-to-day problems, such as breathlessness, increased sweating, difficulty doing physical activity and joint or back pain.
According to the latest NHS figures, depending on how severe a person’s obesity is, it can reduce life expectancy by an average of 3 to 10 years and an estimated 1 in every 13 deaths in Europe are attributed to obesity.
If you are concerned with your own weight or the health of a loved one, please follow the guidance below including practical tips on how to effectively manage your weight at work:
Exercise at work: If there are any stairs in your workplace, choose to take them rather than the lift. You could also go for a walk at lunch. Avoid the vending machine: Vending machines in the workplace are often full of unhealthy snacks, however you can create your own healthy alternative by stocking up on dried fruit and nuts.
Finding alternatives could help to combat this, such as practicing mindful eating or getting help with any emotional issues. There are also a number of things you can do outside of work, such as joining a local weight loss group or starting a food diary.
If you feel as though you have issues with your weight, or if you have any other mental or physical wellbeing concerns, please call our helpline on: 0800 030 5182
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