Bupa says technology managers are fat smokers


Bupa says technology managers are fat smokers

Antony Savvas

Good managers are supposed to lead by example, but when it comes to health many in the technology and software industry are falling short by smoking, leading sedentary lifestyles and being overweight.

According to Bupa's corporate healthcare assessment of the sector, one-in-ten senior level employees in the technology sector assessed by Bupa admitted to smoking, while almost a quarter (24%) admitted to leading a sedentary lifestyle by failing to take exercise at least once a week.

When it came to weight, Bupa found that 61% of all senior level technology employees had a high Body Mass Index, scoring over 25 on the index. This means they are at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, diabetes and some cancers.

Despite the smoking, lack of exercise and chubbiness though, technology managers are not turning to drink. Only 4% of those assessed were drinking at a level that could damage their health - 28 units per week for men and 21 units for women.

Peter Mace, Bupa Wellness medical director, said, "It is accepted that people follow examples of strong leaders. A manager seen to be making their health a priority, by making changes to their diet and lifestyle, will encourage employees to do the same and benefit the business because of a healthier workforce."

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