Obesity in the UK

In 2017, 45% of employees we screened were found to be overweight or obese

In 2017, we delivered 17,545 onsite employee health checks45% of people attending 2017 health check were overweight or obese

According to the University of Birmingham, obesity is costing the UK economy over £3 billion a year.  Obesity can lead to a vast array of diseases and illnesses and it can reduce life expectancy by 10-14 years.

A recent study has found that 20% of young people born at the start of this century were obese by the age of 14, with another 15% being overweight. Over the last 25 years, the number of overweight and obese individuals has nearly doubled in the UK, leading to the highest rates of obesity in Europe.

It’s a sad fact that in modern society, much of our time is spent being inactive (work, school, TV time and so on).  Combined with the food choices we make, this can have a huge impact on weight gain.

44% of diabetes, 23% of heart disease, and between 7% and 41% of certain cancers are attributable to poor lifestyle choices and being overweight, so how can you encourage healthy food choices in your workplace?  Why not replace the usual, sugary celebration cakes with more healthy, homemade alternatives?

Whatever change you wish to make, start small, keep it simple, make it regular (set up a reminder) and before you know it, it has become a habit!

If you would like to talk to us about how we can support you with employee health and wellbeing in your organisation, contact us via our website, email us at team@healthyperformance.co.uk or call us on 0800 170 1777.