Ve­gans ‘take twice as many sick days’

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

VE­GANS take the most sick days off work due to cold, flu and mi­nor ail­ments, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The study found that they are ab­sent through ill­ness for al­most five days a year, which is twice the an­nual to­tal of the av­er­age Bri­ton.

And while the rea­sons for the high sick-day count are un­clear, two-thirds of ve­gans ad­mit­ted to tak­ing more time off work due to mi­nor ill­ness in 2018 than in pre­vi­ous years.

In con­trast, just half of their meat-eat­ing col­leagues re­ported that they took the same amount of time off as the year be­fore, while one in three said they took less.

The study of 1,000 of­fice work­ers also re­vealed that ve­gans are three times more likely to take a trip to their GP dur­ing the cold and flu sea­son in com­par­i­son to the av­er­age UK adult.

They tend to book 2.6 ap­point­ments to see the doc­tor, in con­trast to the na­tional av­er­age of just 0.7 vis­its.

The find­ings, part of the Fish­er­man’s Friend an­nual cold and flu sur­vey, also re­vealed that mil­len­nial work­ers take three times more time off work than those aged 55 and over, while work­ers in Not­ting­ham, Lon­don and Nor­wich take the most days off.

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