12/05/2012

Obesity Risks for Low-wage Workers

A new obesity study uncovers risks for low-wage workers. Rather than focusing
on sedentary lifestyles, a US-American New England community partnership study,
funded by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the
National Institutes of Health, on obesity/overweight and the role of working
conditions looks at low-wage workers toiling in heavy labor and how their work
conditions contribute to weight gain and obesity. Most interventions target
individual behaviors related to weight gain (diet and physical activity), and
the impact of the work environment on obesity has been under-appreciated to
date. Although the work environment has been recognized as an important factor
for other health and safety outcomes, the impact of working conditions on
overweight and obesity has been largely ignored. This new study investigated
whether lower-income workers perceived any factors in the workplace that have
an effect on their weight status.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)