Obesity threatens productivity (Editorial)

Terrible eating habits have led to levels of obesity that threaten the lives of workers
By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2004


merican workers are the most productive in the world. But, what better education, technology and long hours have achieved, obesity may destroy. The United States’ waistline is poised to send a tremor through the nation’s productivity statistics, just as the Japanese method of overworking employees eventually failed that nation.

In Japan’s case, it turns out that if you want another generation of workers you need to give the current one time to have a family. America’s problem is a little different, and not dissimilar to Canada’s.