White-col­lar work­ers in­creas­ingly un­healthy

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

An in­creas­ing num­ber of white-col­lar work­ers in Shang­hai are get­ting fail­ing grades on their phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions, ac­cord­ing to a white pa­per on the health of white-col­lar work­ers in Shang­hai.

Car­ried out by Shang­hai For­eign Ser­vice Group, a hu­man re­sources com­pany, the re­port in­di­cated that more than 53 per­cent of males are over­weight, 46 per­cent suf­fer from a fatty liver and about 26 per­cent have el­e­vated blood lipids. How­ever, fe­males are more often di­ag­nosed as hav­ing breast le­sions that could lead to can­cer (85 per­cent), thy­roid disor­der (34 per­cent) and hem­or­rhoids (23 per­cent).

Though the re­port also found that white-col­lar work­ers were pay­ing in­creas­ing at­ten­tion to their health — with about 84 per­cent say­ing they fol­lowed their con­di­tion closely or very closely — those with healthy life­styles dropped to 64 per­cent last year from 77 per­cent in 2015.

The re­port was gen­er­ated from about 500,000 phys­i­cal ex­ams taken by white-col­lar work­ers in Shang­hai over the past five years.

“I al­ways eat and drink too much and never ex­er­cise,” said Wei Ruoxi, a 26-year-old work­ing in fi­nance who is strug­gling with be­ing over­weight. per­cent

“I know what a healthy life­style looks like, but the job just brings too much pres­sure and squeezes out ex­er­cise time,” she added.

Hu Xiao­long, 30, an ac­coun­tant in Shang­hai, said he was de­ter­mined to live healthily from now on.

“My re­cent phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion shows a lit­tle shadow in the lung, which shocked me when I heard it. I re­ally need to quit bad habits like smok­ing and stay­ing up late.”

The white pa­per also showed that more peo­ple are turn­ing to com­mer­cial health in­sur­ance to cope with fi­nan­cial risks caused by health prob­lems. The preva­lence of in­sur­ance pur­chases among the par­tic­i­pants reached 15.3 per­cent last year, a rise of 4 per­cent­age points in just one year.

Most par­tic­i­pants also ex­pected their com­pa­nies to help them with ef­fec­tive health man­age­ment, such as of­fer­ing mem­ber­ship cards for gyms, flex­i­ble work­ing sched­ules and reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions.

of white-col­lar work­ers in Shang­hai had healthy life­styles last year, down from 77 per­cent in 2015.

Cao Chen in Shang­hai con­trib­uted to this story.

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