Majority of Philippines workforce at risk of obesity

5/04/2016 Japhet 0 Comments

Last week I attended a press conference/seminar about digital dementia and brain aging with Gary Small MD, Director of UCLA Longevity Center and a member of Nutrition Advisory Board  and Herbalife Nutrition Institute Editorial Board. They talked about digital dementia as a term coinciding to people becoming forgetful due to overuse of digital technologies. This affects the overall productivity of an individual and the main cause of this is because of the sedentary lifestyle which is eminent to most of our workforce.

According to the "Nutrition at Work Survey" by the global nutrition company Herbalife, almost nine out of 10 (85%) workers in the Philippines spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with 52% of its workforce eating lunch at their work desk two to five times per week. The survey also revealed that majority of Philippines’ workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with five out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, on the back of rising obesity rates recorded in recent years. Nevertheless, the risk of obesity could be averted if workers in the Philippines decide to take control over their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen. Close to eight out of 10 workers (75%) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life, however, the majority of them noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.

“With a majority of Philippines’ workforce leading largely sedentary lifestyles, our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in the Philippines take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to people in the Philippines, we hope that this will, over time, help reduce obesity risks and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people,” said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.

During the talk, Dr. Small addressed health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and share practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles. Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public have also engaged in lively dialogues with Dr. Small at the event and had the chance to network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.

Check out my quick read vlog about Dr. Small's book "2 weeks to a younger brain" below: