Obesity is a global health problem that creates high costs for society and companies, because health problems caused by increased pain and suffering cause great expenses and economic losses: absences at work generate losses and people need care also with health problems.
The health care of workers in a company or organization is essential for proper operation, the costs they tend to find talent and their maintenance, since their demand is constant due to a decrease in productivity caused by obesity health problems. .
Care and productivity
Obesity generates costs that exceed those covered by medical services, although diseases tend to carry with them long-term costs that are not usually considered for the family economy, the disadvantages associated with obesity also cause losses to societies, which are seen in their own. fruits
Having talented people capable of carrying out a task in a difficult work team, it is necessary to look for those who have an organizational philosophy and it is important to train whoever has a job to do to send theirs. skills to use., work only as required for a certain position, this task is affected by health problems.
Constant staff turnover puts HR teams to work trying to get someone to do the same job multiple times, often stressing out organizations that are busy filling jobs for targeting growth.
Whenever a new element enters the work force, the adjustment of times in the work teams usually brings costs in human productivity, which translate into small increases in the productivity of companies and in the growth of collaborators.
The quality of life that people have when working, the best talents in the world tend to care a lot, so that the organization can offer a good work environment to its supporters if it wants to retain them.
Retaining staff spares companies the need to train new people to work towards the mission and organizational values, so some elements that contribute to health care are often a factor in keeping people.
Thousands of people around the world prefer to stay and work in a company that provides them with medical and health services than to go to a place where they are offered more money to do the same work they are already doing where they are.
Telemedicine services and productivity
Obesity usually causes physical and psychological problems that often affect people’s productivity, including psychological problems that are increased, depression, low self-esteem, insufficient quality of life and eating disorders that hinder the concentration of work and sometimes generate low productivity.
“Also, support for a healthier life, nutrition and information about pain is very important. It is important to recognize obesity to compare various comorbid conditions, such as diseases with cholesterol and triglycerides, heart disease, diabetes; as well as psychological problems such as depression and anxiety, among others”. said Mariana Villaseñor Saucedo, nutritionist at Eternal Health.
Physical difficulties also bring with them unexpected costs for hospitalizations due to cardiovascular problems and in some cases death, which are avoidable if opportunities are used in the place where people spend most of the day, that is, at work.
“We think that people spend more than half of their day at work and health problems affect productivity, costs and general well-being. That’s why the work environment plays a role in health issues and the risk of diseases such as pain”, explained the CEO of Ever Health Mexico, Rafael García
Some of the measures that companies can encourage to take care of their health is the opening of spaces for physical activity at certain other ages, providing nutritional information and using some telemedicine measures that allow people to receive medical care without leaving their businesses. hours or days.
It follows in a timely manner that it contributes to reducing hospitalizations of those suffering from overweight, in addition to creating work spaces in which patients take care of their time and stay in an environment in which they are valued.
Telemedicine is a health care strategy that can help companies provide follow-up care to patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases that require treatment, without this significant absence from work for the use of allowing check-ups.
Although the best that can be done with pain is to treat it as a public health problem in which we must all act to prevent it, organizations can do their bit with measures that allow physical activity in the workplace.
Daily exercises, such as going through the stairs for the elevators to a certain number of floors, or the incentive to drink natural water instead of sugary drinks, can help a lot to take care of the health of the employees of the organization.
The companies that have to take care of the health of the talents that work with them, are not so invested in being able to keep them, often it is only a matter of taking plans, so that they can give the work time to rest. about their places to work the quality of the work. life
“To address further and prompt prevention and treatment, weight management initiatives can be created in the workplace, supported by experts in nutrition and weight management. Telemedicine services are the best option to implement this type of initiative, which requires personal information to be effective, as well as nutrition education make it easier,” recommends Villaseñor.
Many people in the world suffer from obesity and overweight, it is estimated that by 2030 approximately 36.8% of adults in Mexico will live with severe pain and its consequences, including death due to complications of chronic diseases.
According to the figures announced by the World Obesity Atlas 2022, in the next decade of the 21st century, there will be 45% premature death due to obesity, which also affects the economy of families, institutions and society in general, it is everyone’s duty to prevent these figures from becoming unfortunate events.