Congratulations Australia, you are officially one of the fattest nations in the world. With 63.4 percent of Australians currently overweight or obese, these numbers are expected to increase to over 70 percent by 2025. The rate of obesity has doubled in the last 30 years.
This is goes beyond looks, this is about the health of our nation. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some cancers and musculoskeletal conditions. The cost of obesity is sky rocketing, with the cost of obesity at $58 billion per annum, including the cost of health care, loss of productivity and carers cost. Those who are obese are twice as likely to develop depression. 51.5 million visits to fast food outlets occurred in the last year. However, only 1 in 2 Australians meeting the dietary requirements of servings of fruit, with only 7 percent meeting the requirements with vegetables.
In the workplace, the cost of absenteeism is $477m per annum, with the cost of presenteeism (being at work but not performing) at $544 million. This is where Health by Design can help. Workplaces need to provide health programs to their employees to promote healthy lifestyle messages. We spend most of our times at work, we need to have programs in place to allow employees to be the best versions of themselves. This starts with education on lifestyle factors, included in a way that is fun and engaging for all involved.
Health by Design run numerous health initiatives suiting the needs of employees. Get in contact with us today for more information.