As the New Year comes into full swing, many of us are chipping away at our carefully thought-out resolutions. A large percentage of us have aspirations of losing weight and getting fit, but many of these goals can get quickly left behind when temptations arise. Interestingly, studies show that while some of the bigger issues of smoking and drinking are down, obesity still remains on the rise in Australia.
And it’s not just our waistlines that are suffering; In fact, the price of obesity in Australia has swelled to a hefty $130 billion dollars a year in social and economic tolls including absenteeism due to obesity-related illness, for example. That’s equal to about 8% of the gross national product, which is an 84% increase in just the past decade.
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We know obesity is costly – both literally and figuratively. The stresses of an obese-ridden body can alter our perception of ourselves while putting physical strain on our bodies that we simply may not be able to withstand for long periods of time. With so many pressures to regain and maintain a healthy body weight and image, it’s no wonder that weight loss is at the top of many people’s resolutions.
Businesses are especially taking note, as the financial impact of obesity eventually weighs on the performance factors from employees. Indirectly, businesses are paying the price and footing the bill for the obesity epidemic in Australia. Unfortunately, there are no magic pills or quick solutions to combat obesity naturally. It ultimately depends on making positive lifestyle changes and sticking to them.
Management teams can help their employees help themselves by promoting healthier lifestyles with obesity-fighting changes including:
- Decreasing Sugar Intake
- Simple Exercises
- Reduction of Time Spent Sitting (Read More…)
- Changing Mindset
HSG works with management teams across Australia to promote healthier lifestyles for their employees. We’ve designed unique annual wellbeing programs that include Healthy Eating, Fitness Classes, and workshops on all things Lifestyle. Research shows that corporate health and wellbeing programs instill physical, mental and emotional benefits to employees and financial benefits to the employer. Learn more about how we can work with you to provide corporate wellness services to your employees.