Employers should do more to tackle obesity

- Leadership - Apr 14, 2016

Employers need to do more to help tackle the obesity crisis, according to advice issued by health initiative the Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA).

The advice came in response to research by Majid Ezzati from Imperial College that revealed a fifth of the world’s population will be obese by 2025.

BHWA said that straightforward steps companies should be looking at include access to healthy food options, promoting an active workplace, providing information on being healthy and incentivising staff to follow it, or making adjustments to the work environment that encourage behavioural change such as standing desks, walking clubs or bike racks.

Charlotte Cross, Director of BHWA, added: “Obesity is relevant to all employers and can impact the bottom line of any organisation through obvious health ramifications and associated productivity and performance issues. As the obesity problem grows, employers will inevitably face more of these challenges.

“While simple measures can and should play an important part in any employers approach, the diversity of our expert membership shows us that employers have access to a significant range of evidence based solutions from workplace health specialists ready and willing to help, and the power to make an impact is in their hands. We urge all organisations to get involved and sway this issue which has huge ramifications for the UK working population”

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