Almost 500,000 Brits are out of work because they eat, smoke or drink too much, report claims
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Nearly 500,000 Brits are out of work because they smoke, drink or weigh too much, a report has warned.
A group of three health alliances examined the how cigarettes, alcohol and junk food harm health and the economy in the UK.
The organisations warned the products are ‘leading causes of ill health and early death’.
They made a raft of recommendations, including warning labels on junk food, calorie flashers on alcohol packaging and a ban on promotions of unhealthy food.
The analysis, commissioned by Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), the Obesity Health Alliance and the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), shows that 289,000 people are not working due to poor health caused by smoking.
The habit can cause cancer and increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
A further 99,000 are unemployed as a result of illness cause by alcohol, while 70,000 are unemployed because of weight-related health conditions.
Drinking too much alcohol raises the risk of liver disease, some cancers and poor mental health, while obesity increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.