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IT workforce suffering from lifestyle disorders: Assocham

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 16:26

New Delhi: Majority of India's young IT workforce, covered by an Assocham survey, are suffering from lifestyle disorders due to unhealthy eating habits and hectic work schedules.

Over half of 3,000 respondents said due to 24x7 working environment and irregular food timings they directly place orders to fast food outlets and roadside eateries, who serves high calorie food items, Assocham said.

"Frequent snack breaks during office hours together with rampant consumption of greasy, spicy food is leading to health problems like diabetes, hypertension, depression and anxiety," it said.

It said that excessive intake of junk food, lack of physical exercise, long working hours and lack of sleep have detrimental consequences on employees? health in the long run.

"About 35 percent of the respondents said they visit doctors at least twice a month," it added.

Hectic lifestyles, stress and smoking is leading to cardiovascular problems appearing early as the work involves heavy calling which keeps them sticked to their work stations for seven to eight hours without a single break, it said.

"With hypertension and stress levels increasing manifold due to odd working hours and unhealthy eating habits is leading to mounting numbers of young people suffering from heart problems," the survey said.

It said that there is a grave need for companies to be vigilant about the issues concerning employees health as they are the ones responsible for an organisation?s sound financial health.


First Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 16:26
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