Blog Overview Blogger Profiles Event Calendar

You can also visit our other sites:

EmployeeWellness.ca WellnessFair.ca Workplace Wellness Info on NaturalHealthcare.ca
| Share: | more

Unhealthy eating: a new form of occupational hazard?

PLoS editors argue that working patterns should now be considered a specific risk factor for obesity and type 2 diabetes
Photo: healthy lunch box

From the Public Library of Science media release:

The poor diet of shift workers should be considered a new occupational health hazard, according to an editorial published in this month's PLoS Medicine. The editorial draws on previous work published in the journal, which showed an association between an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and rotating patterns of shift work in US nurses.

Shift work is now a very common pattern of work in both the developed and developing world, with around 15-20% of the working population in Europe and the US engaged in shift work. It is particularly prevalent in the health care industry. Shift work is notoriously associated with poor patterns of eating, which is exacerbated by easier access to junk food compared with more healthy options.

The editors argue that working patterns should now be considered a specific risk factor for obesity and type 2 diabetes, which are currently at epidemic proportions in the developed world and likely to become so soon in the less-developed world. They go on to suggest that firm action is needed to address this epidemic, i.e. that "governments need to legislate to improve the habits of consumers and take specific steps to ensure that it is easier and cheaper to eat healthily than not".

More specifically, they suggest that unhealthy eating could legitimately be considered a new form of occupational hazard and that workplaces, specifically those who employ shift workers, should lead the way in eliminating this hazard.

Funding: The authors are each paid a salary by the Public Library of Science, and they wrote this editorial during their salaried time.

Citation: The PLoS Medicine Editors (2011) "Poor Diet in Shift Workers: A New Occupational Health Hazard?" PLoS Med 8(12): e1001152. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001152

Source
(please note, some articles are only available for a limited time.)



Next post: Feeling bad at work can be a good thing (and vice versa) 2014-08-27 10:03:07

Other posts tagged nutrition, shift work, diet, diabetes, policies:
· [How parents juggle work hours may influence the weight of their kids] · [Physical fitness associated with less pronounced effect of sedentary behavior] · [Disruption of circadian rhythms may contribute to inflammatory disease] · [Standard assessments miss early signs of cardiovascular disease in firefighters] · [Want spring allergy relief? Avoid stress] · [Gen X obesity a major problem for healthcare, workforce] · [Study: Heart attacks, stroke at work often follow vigorous physical activity] · [Mediterranean diet linked with lower risk of heart disease among young U.S. workers] · [New study finds mistimed sleep disrupts rhythms of genes in humans] · [Workplace wellness programs can cut chronic illness costs] · [Study finds parental stress linked to obesity in children]

Don't forget: there is a search box on every page!

Recent Posts:

Feeling bad at work can be a good thing (and vice versa)

Contrary to popular opinion, anger does not always lead to negative outcomes in the workplace and can be used to prevent acts of injustice from repeating themselves in the future

Risky situations increase womens anxiety, hurt their performance compared to men

Women were more anxious when scenarios were framed in a risky way than when they were non-risky, potentially because others are likely to judge her performance as worse and attribute her failure to incompetence instead of poor luck

How parents juggle work hours may influence the weight of their kids

Adolescents with moms and dads who spend more time at home, especially at breakfast and dinner time, generally have healthier eating behaviours -- and in some cases better exercise habits than most adolescents

Men viewed more favorably than women when seeking work-life balance

69.7% of participants said they would be likely or very likely to approve a request from a man to work from home for childcare related reasons, compared to 56.7% for women

How is it possible that joblessness could kill you, but recessions could be good for your health?

Job loss is associated with a 73% increase in the probability of death -- yet each percentage-point increase in state-level unemployment rate reduces the hazard of death by approximately 9%
Call us for more information: In Toronto and Area call 647.723.6381 or call 1.866.395.8904 Toll-free. Dial answer group (ext) 3.
| Share: | more
Who has used Wellergize Products and Services? Chevron, for one. Ask us how we can help your organization.