Shift workers’ poor diet a health hazard

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By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2012

The poor diet of shift workers should be considered a new occupational health hazard, according to an editorial in the online journal PLoS Medicine, published by the Public Library of Science in San Francisco.

While some of the effects of shift work are probably unavoidable, such as the disruption of circadian rhythms, others, such as eating patterns, are obvious targets for intervention, said the editorial.

“It would, however, require a change in thinking and an acceptance that occupational health needs to move into territory more personal than before: The diet of workers,” said the journal’s editors. “But such a change would not be unthinkable.”