Poor Diet Considered As New Occupational Health Threat

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Health is wealth. This statement may seem a cliché but this is very much applicable especially in the present-day society. Nowadays, people tend to forget to value their health, in expense of being able to cope with the fast-paced times. People are unable to have a regular exercise, since most jobs only require them to follow a sedimentary style of living. Also, they tend to cling to different vices that predispose them to harms, such as smoking, drinking alcohol and the like. It is also common to have inadequate sleeping hours, especially for the shift workers. Indeed, the hectic society is making a fuss in our health. More importantly, our nutrition is very much affected. How exactly does this change in eating habits influence our well-being?

The editorial published in this month’s PLos Medicine noted that the unhealthy diet of shift workers should be deemed as rising occupational health harm. This editorial was based from a work done earlier, also published in the journal, that described the connection between the rotating shift work patterns among US nurses and the higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Presently, shift work is a very typical work pattern, observed globally—both in the developing and fully developed societies. About 15-20% of the workforce in Europe and United States are involved in this work pattern. Furthermore, this is becoming obviously common in the health care sector. Additionally, this kind of work pattern is very much linked to poor eating habits, even made worse by the greater accessibility of junk food in comparison with healthier food choices.

The editors believe that patterns of work should be deemed now as a certain risk factor for developing obesity and type 2 diabetes. These diseases are evident epidemics in the urbanized society and sooner or later, in the underdeveloped ones. They further recommended that solid action is necessitated to respond to this health issue. For example, the governments should pursue legislation towards the improvement of habits of the public and apply concrete measures in ensuring that healthy eating more convenient and cheaper than otherwise. They further suggested that unhealthy eating habits could now be deemed justifiably as a novel kind of occupational hazard; also, work settings, especially those employing shift workers, should take the initiative in eradicating this health threat.

Furthermore, as unhealthy eating should be responded to by the workplaces, the workers themselves need also to take responsibility of their own health. At the end of the day, they are the ones who will benefit or be harmed by this.




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