Workers Growing Older Than Their Years – Study

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Old
age may be approaching faster than many of us think, with a survey
suggesting many adults have the health of an older person.

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.

Southern Cross
has an interest in workers’ health as a provider of corporate health
insurance and of wellness programmes.

Southern Cross
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.

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March
27, 2009

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