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Are Your Unhealthy Habits Hurting Your Career?


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That’s the question addressed by a new study to be published in the journal Population Health Management. According to the study results, unhealthy eating habits are associated with a 66% higher risk of lost productivity. Other unhealthy habits such as infrequent exercising is linked to 50% higher risk of lost productivity. Researchers also found that smoking has been shown to lead to a 28% risk of loss of productivity.

Researchers at Brigham Young University, the Center for Health Research at Healthways, and the Health Enhancement Research Organization studied 19,803 workers at three large corporations. They discovered that workers in their 30s were most likely to be unhealthy and suffer a loss of productivity while workers over 60 were the least likely group to lose productivity.

“Total health-related employee productivity loss accounts for 77% of all such loss and costs employers two to three times more than annual healthcare expenses,” study researcher Ray Merrill, a health science professor at Brigham Young University, said in a statement.

Certain industries are more likely to be affected than others, according to Business News Daily. The service and transportation sectors were hardest hit by unhealthy habits, while the least affected industries were found to be fishing, construction, farming and mining.

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  1. amanda says:

    Research had been conducted on how regular exercise leads to increase in efficiency but research on the effect of unhealthy eating habits on work productivity was lacking. Unhealthy eating habits leads to life-style related disorders like Diabetes, Obesity, blood pressure,etc, leading to low-efficiency at work and also burning a hole in the pocket. Its always important for all of us, especially working professionals, to maintain a proper balance in all activities we do throughout the day.

  2. Cloey Lee says:

    This is a good article for those who wonder why they don’t feel the energy they once had while they are eating their double whopper with cheese. I am not one of those who point out the bad habits of others but I am glad that more research can prove that eating better and getting exercise can increase productivity. Now if I can get my sister to put down the cheese fries and hit the gym.


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