Call to adopt healthy lifestyles

Employers could save nearly £3 billion a year by 2025 if workers reduce their alcohol consumption, quit smoking and maintain a healthy weight, a report from Bupa has suggested.

According to the study, unhealthy employees end up costing £17.7 billion every year. By adopting healthier lifestyles, employees can increase productivity as well as help boost the economy.

Experts measured the financial benefits of healthy staff that can be achieved if obesity rates are controlled, people give up smoking and alcohol consumption remains with recommended levels.

Businesses would benefit from increased productivity and decreased sick pay from employees who drink less – equivalent to nearly £1.8 billion a year.

Together with this, £61 million in smoking-related absences and £490 million in obesity-related conditions could be saved from improved lifestyles.

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