Workplace obesity – a weighty issue? [Infographic]


Are your workforce victims of the much-publicised sedentary lifestyles? With all the news articles recently about the benefits of standing up at your desk, the health hazards of sitting for too long and employees taking lunch at their desks, it’s difficult to know where to even start with health and wellbeing in the workplace.

But, we’ve always sat at desks for long periods of time, the daily 9-to-5 routine has been a staple of British culture for years now and all office-based businesses around the world do it, don’t they? You’re pretty sure most employees do some sort of exercise in their spare time. It could even be argued that a candidate whose weight is already an issue is less likely to be successful on the job hunt anyway. So what’s the problem?

Weighing up the health of British workers is a big task and the shocking statistics aren’t always noted by businesses. And with the EU court deciding whether to class obesity as a disability, meaning employers may be expected to make adjustments in the workplace related to this, taking care of your staff is more important than ever – for them and for your company.

From stories about overweight job hunters losing weight and getting an interview, to findings that obesity is affecting kids at a younger age, there’s no escaping this hot topic. Check out our infographic which lays out the reality of the country’s situation and then have a look at the free eBook we’ve created with Management Today on steps you can take to help improve the health and wellbeing of your employees.