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Manufacturing workers 'least healthy'

EMPLOYEES in manufacturing, finance and education industries are the least healthy, according to a nationwide survey released in Shanghai yesterday.

The survey found high cholesterol was the most common condition, affecting about 50 percent of respondents. Long work hours, lack of exercise and an improper diet were the main reasons leading to health problems.

The survey, conducted by both the Chinese Medical Doctor Association and the Chinese Hospital Association, studied the health of people in 20 industries.

The 10 sectors with employees in the poorest physical condition were manufacturing, finance, education, media, law, information technology, transport, advertising, fast-moving consumer goods and real estate, the survey found.

The top three health problems among all employees were high cholesterol, neck and lower back pain, and being overweight or obese.

The survey covered about 150,000 people in Shanghai, Beijing and seven other provincial areas.

Workers in the manufacturing industry had the worst health with nearly 80 percent of people working more than eight hours a day. Many have no weekends.

A heavy workload over a long period combined with a lack of rest and exercise had an adverse impact on their health, the survey concluded.


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