Overworked, unhealthy Malaysians most eager to change lifestyle

Malaysian workers are mostly unhealthy with 64% who physically inactive, 90% who do not eat a balanced diet and 56% experiencing less than 7 hours’ sleep a night, according to the Healthiest Workplace Survey 2017 by AIA Vitality.

The survey provides employers in Malaysia with an essential overview of their employees’ wellbeing and a greater understanding of the efficacy of their companies’ health interventions in the workplace. The survey participated by the greatest number of employers with 5,369 employees from 47 organisations in urban areas across four countries has created an awareness of the importance of workplace health and wellbeing among both employers and employees.

According to the findings, 86% of Malaysians eat fewer than five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

Physical inactivity is also an issue among Malaysians with 64% of employees do less than 150 minutes of physical activity a week, the highest percentage compared to Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

The survey revealed some real concerns about stress in the workplace and issues surrounding sleep patterns. It is clear that Malaysia suffers from a culture of long working hours, much like its Asian counterparts of Hong Kong and Singapore. However, Malaysia also records highest percentage of productivity loss. Ouch.

Malaysian workers also reported at least one sleep problem at 67%. Malaysian employees also work the longest hours – on average 15 hours more than their contracted hours each week.

Insufficient sleep and overworking also contribute to other problems like stress. 53% of employees in Malaysia report at least one dimension of work-related stress, compared to 43% in Singapore, 64% in Hong Kong, and approximately half of Australians.

Based on the survey, however, Malaysians are very motivated to change their lifestyle. Almost 90% has indicated their wish to reduce their weight and approximately 65% are eager to improve their levels of physical activity because obesity is increasingly a problem in the country.

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