One-in-four IT managers leading risky lifestyles

IT managers are putting their health at risk by smoking, leading sedentary lifestyles and being overweight, according to a public assessment by BUPA

The snapshot survey of data collected by BUPA Wellness over the last 12 months across this ICT sector reveals 'an unappetising set of diet and lifestyle statistics', the report avers. The intelligence comprises data from health assessments undertaken by over 20,000 employees through BUPA corporate healthcare schemes from July 2006-June 2007 in the technology and software sector.

Despite smoking bans and give-it-up campaigns, one-in-ten senior level employees in the technology sector assessed by BUPA admitted to smoking, while almost 24 per cent admitted to leading a sedentary lifestyle by failing to take exercise at least once a week, thereby increasing their risk of a heart attack or stroke, BUPA claims.

When it comes to weight, BUPA found that some 61 per cent - well over half - of all senior level employees had a high Body Mass Index (BMI), scoring over 25 on the index, which means an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, diabetes, and some cancers.

BUPA's assessment data suggests that managers are on the whole resisting the temptation to turn to alcohol after a stressful day, with only 4 per cent of those assessed drinking at a level that could damage their health ̵1; 28 units per week for men and 21 units for women. Less than 10 per cent suffered high blood pressure, and just one-in-ten had high cholesterol ̵1; both of which can lead to coronary heart disease.

"For a manager to be seen to be making their health a priority by making changes to their diet and lifestyle it will encourage employees to do the same and benefit the business because of a healthier workforce," comments BUPA Wellness medical director Dr. Peter Mace. www.bupa.com

Image: Despite bans and give-it-up campaigns, one-in-ten senior level employees in the technology sector admitted to smoking

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