Poor workplace nutrition hits worker’s health and productivity, says new ILO report.
The ground-breaking study examines worldwide workplace eating habits & reports that better nutrition can raise national productivity rates, prevent micronutrient deficiencies, chronic diseases & obesity. Modest investments can be repaid in reduction of sick days and accidents.
- Poor diet costs up to a 20% loss in productivity.
- Poor diet consequences: morale, safety, productivity, & the long-term health (C. Wanjek, Food at Work: Workplace solutions for malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases
- 1/6 are undernourished or overweight.
- 46% of global disease is diet related. (2001)
- 60% of all deaths is diet related. (2001)
- Diet-related diseases are expected to climb to 57% by 2020.
- In SE Asia, iron deficiency accounts for a US$5 billion loss in productivity.
- In India, the cost of lost productivity, illness & death due to malnutrition is US$10 to 28 billion, or 3-9% of GDP
- The US annual cost of obesity to business for insurance, paid sick leave & other payments is US$12.7 billion.
- In the US, where over 2/3 of the population is overweight, direct medical costs accounted for approximately US$51.6 billion & lost productivity approximately US$3.9 billion – reflected in 39.2 million lost workdays, 239 million restricted-activity days, 89.5 million bed-days and 62.6 million physician visits.
Food at Work: Workplace solutions for malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases, Christopher Wanjek, ISBN 92-2-11715-2, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2005. To read the executive summary, please visit: www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inf/download/foodatwork.pdf.
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