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03 May 2011

Business travel linked to obesity, poor health

Road warriors who travel for business two weeks or more a month have higher body mass index, higher rates of obesity and poorer self-rated health than those who travel less often.

Road warriors who travel for business two weeks or more a month have higher body mass index, higher rates of obesity and poorer self-rated health than those who travel less often, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US.

Overall, the researchers found that business people who travelled the most (20 or more days a month) have poorer health on a number of measures compared with those who travel between 1 and 6 days a month. For example, extensive travellers:

  • Had a mean Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27.5 versus 26.1 for light travellers
  • Had a mean HDL level of 53.3 mg/DL versus 56.1 for light travellers
  • Had a mean Diastolic pressure of 76.2 mmHG versus 74.6 for light travellers
  • Were 260% more likely to rate their health as fair to poor compared to light travellers

 
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