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Should employees be forced to eat vegan?

The deteriorating health of the nation is something that isn’t getting better. Obesity rates continue to climb along with mortality caused by chronic disease. Perhaps changes need to start in the workplace as well as the home. That’s what Dr. Greger thinks of nutritionfacts.org and has lead us to think should you be forced to eat vegan at work?

“The annual cost attributable to obesity alone among full-time employees is estimated at 70 billion dollars, primarily because obese employees are not as productive on the job. Having healthy employees is good for the bottom-line. Every dollar spent on wellness programs may offer a $3 return on investment. And if you track the market performance of companies that strive to nurture a culture of health, they appear to outperform their competition.”

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Given, these statistics are US based but if we scaled that to a global level or tailored it just to the UK, the cost would still be huge. More needs to be done by businesses to safeguard the welfare and health of their employees.

The results would no doubt include cost savings for the business. This would be due to the reduced costs spent of private healthcare to maintain the health of employees. Unhealthy, meat-eating employees are far more likely to incur higher costs over the period of their career.

The effects of switching the workplace to completely vegan have been well demonstrated too.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently undertook a study in which they placed GEICO employees with a BMI of 25 or above, or who were previously diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, on a low-fat, low-glycemic, high-fiber vegan diet.

The results were astounding.

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“Study participants experienced overall productivity and measurable improvements in anxiety, depression, fatigue, and general health, according to the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire (WPAI). Study participants also lost an average of 10 pounds, lowered LDL cholesterol by 13 points, and improved blood sugar control, if they had type 2 diabetes.”  

It’s a very simple task to bring about change in the workplace. The company needs to solely offer a spread of high quality vegan food for lunch. Make plant-based milks available every time someone heads to make a coffee. Provide lunchtime learning sessions to better improve their knowledge of healthy eating. These are all incredibly cheap, effective and easy methods that can be put in place.

Methods like these will reduce healthcare costs hugely for businesses and improve the wellbeing of their employees.

What do you think? Should companies force employees to eat vegan in the workplace? Let us know in the comments below.

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