Around 55 per cent of young workforce engaged in India’s information technology (IT) and IT enabled services (ITeS) sector are stricken with lifestyle disorders due to unhealthy eating habits, hectic work schedules, tight deadlines, irregular and associated stress.

According to a study by Assocham, no fixed meal hours and non-stop telephonic sessions were causing gastric problems, together with fatigue and headaches.

About 2,000 young men and 1,000 women were interviewed by the industry body’s Social Development Foundation in the age group of 22 to 30 years, representing various business process outsourcing (BPO) companies.

The survey was carried out in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Pune between August and October last year to ascertain the extent of junk food addiction among BPO employees.

“Excessive intake of junk food, lack of physical exercise, long working hours, lack of sleep together with unbound mental fatigue is impacting on the health of BPO and IT professionals in the cities,” DS Rawat, Secretary General, Assocham said.

He said most of them eat food served outside, and this might have detrimental consequences on employees’ health in the long run.

ronendrasingh.s@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 7, 2012)
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