Obesity Linked to Low Endurance and Increased Fatigue in the Workplace


Did you know that workers who are obese may need longer rest breaks to return to their initial state of muscle function?

Based on results from a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), workers who are obese may have significantly shorter endurance times when performing workplace tasks, compared with their non-obese counterparts.
Based on the increased fatigue found among workers who are obese, workplace designers may need to consider adding fixtures and supports to minimise the amount of time that body mass segments need to be supported. We believe our results will help to develop more inclusive ergonomic guidelines (Cavuoto, 2014).

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Read the full article at: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/aiha-olt072314.php
Read the full study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15459624.2014.887848#.UvFEe2JdWTM