The nation has an obesity crisis, and workplace fitness is the first step towards tackling it.

The nation has an obesity crisis, and workplace fitness is the first step towards tackling it.

Obesity rates in the Western world are on the increase, and the UK is one of the most overweight nations on the planet. An estimated 63% of UK nationals are now classed as overweight or obese, meaning they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or above.

While obesity was already a major public health crisis before Covid-19, the pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the dangers of being overweight. Scientists have warned that those carrying excess pounds are more likely to suffer complications from the virus and have a harder time beating it, but it’s not just Covid-19 which could endanger the health of those who are obese.

The dangers of being overweight

Being overweight or obese brings with it all sorts of health risks, some of which can be very serious. Those with a higher than average BMI are more likely to develop type-2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary diseases, and some forms of cancer, all of which can have a severe impact on everyday health and longevity.

There is also some evidence to show that mental health problems increase alongside weight, with anxiety and depression often linked to the physical health conditions being obese can bring. The combination of physical and mental health difficulties can be extremely life-limiting, and as more of us pile on the pounds, obesity could be a ticking time-bomb for the UK.

More opportunities for exercise

Manual jobs are less common these days, with more of the workforce moving into office-based roles. Where previous generations might have been up and moving more, the majority of people today are putting in longer and longer hours at desk-bound jobs, with little chance to take even a brief walk. At the end of a long day, many workers will be more inclined to pick up a ready-meal on the way home than hit the gym for an hour.

By providing an opportunity to exercise during office hours and on-site, employers really could help in the battle to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis. While some employers might consider workplace fitness outside their remit and responsibilities, it really can be a win-win situation for both employers and those who work for them. Employees who enjoy customised workplace fitness plans feel valued and more empowered to take control of their health, meaning employers lose fewer days to sickness.

Employers on the frontline

Responsible employers really could be on the frontline in tackling obesity. As many people spend much of their day in the office, this really is the ideal place to offer them the opportunity to get fit and achieve their health goals.

MVP can organise customised fitness plans uniquely tailored to each member of staff, helping them set and reach their fitness targets. Together, this is a battle we can win and it starts in the workplace. To learn more about the services MVP provides, simply contact our team today.