Extensive business travel is associated with poor health and obesity, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Body-mass index was highest among employees traveling 14 days or more per month and among nontravelers. BMI was lowest among those traveling 1 to 6 days or 7 to 13 days per month.
Diastolic blood pressure was highest among the most frequent business travelers and the nontravelers. It was lowest among the less frequent business travelers. Those who traveled the most were more likely to report fair or poor health.
The article notes that previous studies have found a correlation between business travel and an assortment of health risks, including obesity, back pain, stress-related disorders, sleep disorders, increased alcohol consumption, sedentary behavior, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
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