The correlation between the working Pinoy and obesity 

 The recent survey of Herbalife, a global nutrition company, on Nutrition At Work Survey mirrored my current situation in terms of the never-ending battle with my weight.

The survey revealed that the majority of Philippines’ workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting them at risk of obesity. The Survey1, which was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Pacific’s modern workforce, was conducted in March with 5,500 full-time workers in 11 Asia-Pacific markets, including 500 workers from the Philippines.

As someone who works in corporate, I can attest to this. I have horrible habits including endless snacking and tendency to stress eat during work crunch hours. I am in dire need of an exercise and I tend to not hydrate as much as I want to. So, it’s not a surprise that I have gained weigh again and is again battling with the bulge. 
This is especially excruciating to someone who barely eats any rice and was born with a lean physique.

The sad thing is that I am not alone, and that the results are alarming. According to the survey findings, 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 ratesrecorded in recent years

“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 reduceobesity risks and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people,” said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.

Unlike in start up businesses in the States where there is a gym or wellness activities to combat the sedentary lifestyle among professionals – Filipino office workers make do with work outs done in between meetings and dinner appointments or the quick 30 minute run if the time permits. To fill in the gap, there are supplements and health drinks that can help Pinoys manage their weight. 

A recent talk by Dr. Gary Small on digital dementia and brain aging dubbed A Smart Way to Healthy Aging: A Talk by Gary Small, M.D.” event showed health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles. Dr. Small also shared practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles.  

“With each new edition of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead better lives. We hope that that this year’s Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and exercise regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, active life,” Mr. Valenzuela concluded.

Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey was conducted in March 2016, with 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above, from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. 

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