About 70 per
cent of those who took part in the January survey of workers, commissioned
by health insurer Southern Cross, were found to have a worse state
of health than expected for their age.
Based on factors
like obesity, job stress and alcohol intake, the study calculated
53 per cent had a health rating of bodies one to nine years older
than their actual age. And 18 per cent gained at least 10 "penalty
years" — meaning they would be expected to have the "range
and frequency" of health problems associated with someone at
least 10 years older.
has an interest in workers’ health as a provider of corporate health
insurance and of wellness programmes.
chief executive of health insurance, Peter Tynan, said the results
of the survey, done by tns Conversa, were of concern because a workforce
that was healthy was more productive and had less absenteeism.