63% Indian employees overweight: Study
Nearly 63 percent executives in India Inc. are overweight as cited by a HealthifyMe survey of about 60,000 professionals.
The report on Fitness Levels of Corporate India released by health and fitness app HealthifyMe, suggests 63 per cent of executives are overweight with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 23, which may lead to lifestyle-related health disorders and poor health. The study reviewed the diet and activity levels of close to 60,000 working professionals across 20-plus companies.
The survey was conducted across professionals in the age group of 21 to 60 from factory workers, sales professionals, IT professionals, bankers and others in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and remote locations such as Jhagadiya, Khandala and Vapi by reviewing their diet and lifestyle. These executives were part of corporate wellness programs offered by HealthifyMe over a period of 12 months.
Long working hours, , irregular meals and sedentary lifestyles are top drivers of the impact that may further result in more serious concerns like heart problems, cancer, etc.
The study also reflected that the most active professionals are in the consumer goods industry. When it comes to the number of steps taken in a day, an important indicator of activity levels, consumer goods sector stood first with a count of 5,988 average steps taken in a day. Those dealing with numbers in accounts and banks have to be more careful. The least active are executives from the financial sector with an average count of just 4,969 steps. Executives from other sectors like retails, manufacturing, marketing and IT take upwards of 5,000 steps a day.
Another interesting observation in the study is that executives in India are mostly lazy and inactive during weekends and prefer less workouts. The calorie burn rate drops down to an average of 250 on weekends compared to 300 on weekdays.
"It is a matter of serious concern that so many executives across sectors are inactive and overweight. With people spending half of their lives in offices, it is time for corporate India to step up and take the responsibility for the health and fitness of their teams. Not only would this result in a fitter workplace - but also a happier, focused and productive one," says Tushar Vashisht, Co-founder & CEO, HealthifyMe.