We’ve all heard the phrase “we are what we eat”, but there are still many people who do not pay attention to what they ingest. The frantic pace of life today prevents us from taking time to eat correctly, so we usually opt for the most convenient and fastest option. It is important to choose our dishes well given that many people eat out because of work. Not only for our health, which is the most important, but because what we eat is closely linked to results in the office.
A study conducted by Medibank Private in Australia revealed that workers with poor eating habits are nine times more likely to get sick and miss work. Poor nutrition in both quantity and quality issues can trigger iron deficiencies, anaemia, malnutrition or obesity, something that is not overlooked in the performance of companies.
Additionally, not eating well affects the way we operate in the workplace. This is because all our hormones must be in balance for us to feel good. What if we skip a meal or if you eat too much sugar or fat? A hormonal imbalance that could be linked to situations of anger, anxiety and stress. One thing is linked to another.
There are many studies that confirm these realities, and as reported by the International Labour Organization (ILO), “Food is the fuel that drives production.”
The ILO describes the interrelationship of a poor diet with low productivity as follows:
“Poor nutrition leads to poor health, which results in reduced learning ability. Consequently, a workforce that is barely qualified, lower productivity, loss of competitiveness, higher business costs, lower economic growth, lower wages, greater disparity in the provision of wealth and, reaching back to the beginning of the cycle, poor nutrition and poor health.”
But it is not just important to follow good dietary guidelines for economic and business reasons. We cannot forget that the most important thing is the health of workers. Poor nutrition, which manifests itself in both malnutrition and obesity, is a sign that we do not correctly choose the food and calories we eat.
Having a croissant and a fizzy drink for breakfast is not recommended, as most of us already know. The first meal of the day should be complete and hearty because this is what will give us the energy to face the day before us.
Another striking fact that links the diet of workers with productivity comes from a study by Brigham Young University. In their analysis they evaluated absenteeism and the health of more than 6,000 workers over three years, and the results showed that those who had participated in the wellness program that they offered represented a savings of more than $ 3 million in costs for absenteeism. Furthermore, it is estimated that malnourished workers account for 21% of sickness-related absenteeism and they are 11% less productive than their peers with good nutrition.
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