Fact: Working in the typical modern office is hazardous to your health. Hunching over a keyboard for a third of the day makes employees fatter, sicker and more stressed than less sedentary occupations do.
And here's the rub: The health damage inflicted by desk-bound drudgery cycles back and hurts the companies you work for. How? The high cost of obese employees for businesses.
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The amount of time Americans spend sitting increased by 8% between 1980 and 2000. Obesity rates, meanwhile, doubled during that time span. Nearly 300 million Americans don't get the minimum level of exercise required for good health, while the portion of jobs that require physical activity has declined by about 30% since 1960.
The annual medical costs of obesity-related diseases and conditions totals about $147 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity's annual cost to employers tops $73.1 billion, according to a 2010 Duke University study. Sick days, doctors appointments and overall decreased productivity are among the factors that contribute to that total.
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So how can employers help workers fight off obesity and help protect themselves from added costs? And how can workers fight death by desk job?
Simple motions such as picking up your chair, doing pushups against your desk and leg squats against a wall can inject a bit of activity back into your day. Taking breaks for a brisk walk and eating right are also big helps. (I can also personally recommend the benefits of a treadmill desk.)
The employee wellness platform Keas created the infographic below after rounding up some stats on obesity's causes and effects, its impact on the workplace and how American workers have gotten fatter over time. Check it out for the fuller picture, then share with us in the comments -- do you think employers today care enough about employee health?
This story originally published on Mashable here.