Did you know that poor diet at work contributes to up to 20 percent of lost productivity?
Nutrition at work is a growing area, with what you are eating at work impacting performance in terms of productivity as well as the health aspects of good/poor nutrition. Diet related disease has contributed to 60 percent of deaths worldwide. Obesity increases the risk of developing numerous chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Research has found that obese workers are more likely to take sick leave and be less productive. Diseases associated with obesity such as sleep apnea can impact work performance, leading to fatigue and poor decision making.
Poor dietary habits at home and at work can lead to:
- Decreased mental effectiveness
- Increased levels of irritability
- Decreased energy levels
- Increased levels of stress and depression (being obese leads to a 55 percent increase risk of developing depression over time and vice versa, those who are depressed are 58 percent more likely to become obese)
Those who are healthier manage to be more productive at work, work longer and achieve higher incomes. Not only are people eating high carbohydrate diets, processed foods and increased sugar and salt intake, but in many of these cases, people are not gaining the nutrients from eating a balanced diet. For example, fruit and vegetables have certain vitamin and minerals such as folate, fibre, vitamin C and E- all important in terms of bodily functions. In these unhealthy and high caloric foods, these nutrients simply don’t exist. Those who eat more fruit and vegetables are less likely to develop high blood pressure, with many nutrients in these foods able to assist in decreasing blood pressure. Decreasing levels of salt by 3 grams daily can lead to a 22 percent decrease in deaths resulting from stroke and 16 percent from heart disease. With one-third of our day spent at work, eating well is important for work productivity and our overall health.
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