According to the Centers for Disease Control, absenteeism increases with weight. So whether you rely on your own efforts for an income, or the efforts of your employees, lifestyle and what you/they eat is an important part of your business. Obese women with a BMI of 40 or greater missed an average or 141% MORE time due to sick leave than women of a normal BMI.
MSNBC reported in 2010 that Loss of productivity due to obesity costs as much as medical expenditures for the condition, according to a new study that pegs the cost of obesity among full-time workers in the United States at $73.1 billion per year.
A report from UCLA’s Insights Health care states:
When people don’t eat right, the No. 1 thing that happens is they become less energetic, less able to think clearly and less able to do their jobs.
Productivity will go down when you’re not eating properly and nutrition is very, very important for mental activity and to maintain productivity.
For people in business who have physical jobs, it’s even worse. Anyone who’s in a physical job requires very good nutrition or they’ll lose their muscles and possibly be injured.
What can be done to change poor habits?
All you have to do is eat a healthier diet, which means a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables.
One of the things I find very helpful for executives, which I wrote about in my book is to take a shake in the morning similar to what weightlifters used to take. (DR. DAVID HEBER)
This would be made with soy protein, nonfat soy milk and frozen fruit in a blender. This is a great way to get 25 to 35 grams of protein. Then exercise about 30 minutes a day — this should include weightlifting and aerobic exercise. The important thing is to start out gradually and get advice from an exercise specialist.
Even walking a short distance with a gradual increase in distance and duration can make a difference!
So the next time you opt to order in for your employees, instead of a greasy pizza, consider being a good example of promoting productivity and opt for healthy salads or vegetable heavy meals!
Have a GREAT Weekend!!!