WorkHealth check analysis reveals that financial services workers are unhealthy

WorkSafe Victoria released the results of a study of more than 400,000 WorkHealth checks over the past three years.

Ninemsn reports that the analysis was conducted by Monash University and compared the results of 13,926 workers in the financial services sector to the results of 57,490 workers in the scientific, professional and technical services industry. The study revealed that those who work in financial services had greater chances of smoking (13%) and drinking too much alcohol (8%). The analysis also revealed that women smoked more but men were worse than women across most risk factors.

In addition, 24.6 percent of men and 11.3 percent of women in the financial sector have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Wayne Kayler-Thomson, WorkHealth spokesman, said that the poor state of employees in the finance sector could be attributed to long hours of work, higher level of stress, and the sedentary nature of work.

“An industry that focuses on advising others on minimising risk and on making wise investments could take some of its own advice when it comes to worker’s health,” said Mr Kayler-Thomson.

Here are more results found in the financial services industry:

  • One in four male workers and one in five female workers have high to very high blood glucose levels.
  • Men are more likely to have a high cardiovascular risk score (5.6 percent for men, 1.2 percent for women).
  • 96.7 percent of men and 92.5 percent of women don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables.
  • 70.2 percent of men and 72.5 percent of women don’t spend much time in exercising.
  • More than one quarter of men have high blood pressure (29.8 percent compared with 13.5 percent of women.
  • More than one quarter of workers have a total cholesterol level above the normal range (26.3 percent of men and 26.9 percent of women).

Mr Kayler-Thomson, however, emphasized that the health condition of workers in the financial services was not as bad as that of “blue collar” workers.


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