IT staff are UK's biggest couch potatoes, says report


IT staff are UK's biggest couch potatoes, says report

Karl Flinders

IT workers exercise the least of all professionals in the UK and they have the unhealthiest diets.

A study of more than 1,700 professionals in the UK carried out by weight loss personal training agency Fat Free Fitness revealed that IT workers were the unhealthiest of all.

Fewer than 20% of workers involved in website development and technical support do more than the government-recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week.

Only 14% said they ate five portions of fruit and vegetables during the day. To add to this unhealthy regime, the average IT worker consumes the caffeine equivalent of 10 cups of coffee a day.

According to Rich Leigh, personal trainer and founder of Fat Free Fitness, workers who do not exercise have more time off sick.

"A study by the Physical Activity Taskforce in 2003 found that physically active employees take 27% fewer days sick leave, meaning that the benefits for employers far outweigh the relatively low effort needed to tackle the issue. A healthier national workforce would undoubtedly equal a healthier British economy."

Percentage of workers meeting government recommended weekly exercise regime by profession.

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