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Is your job making you sick? The jobs that put you most at risk revealed

Is your job making you sick?
Is your job making you sick?

Financial services industry workers are in the riskiest professions in the UK, with nearly half (48%) admitting to being overweight and 23% notching up between 9 and 10 hours at work every day.

95% of the profession admits to at least one of the following: smoking during the working day, suffering from heart palpitations/a racing pulse, excessive eating/drinking or weight gain as a result of their job, not being active during the working day, working more than a 9 hours a day, or not finding time to see the doctor due to working hours.

YouGov research, commissioned by Flora ProActiv, further reveals that those working in Britain's financial services sector find getting to the doctor hard because of their job.

Some 22% blame their working hours for making it harder for them to see the doctor. This may leave them at risk of not monitoring many conditions; among them, cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Left unmonitored, these conditions put sufferers at risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Media, marketing, advertising, PR and sales comes in as the second most dangerous profession for heart health, as 90% of employees reveal they match at least one of the "danger" criteria listed above.

Official statistics from the British Heart Foundation show that coronary heart disease is the biggest killer in the UK, with someone struck by a heart attack every three minutes.

Dr Rob Hicks, a practicing doctor who specialises in healthy living, comments: "Having regular medical checks is a vital part of staying healthy. High cholesterol is a key risk factor for heart disease and can contribute to heart disease by causing the build-up of fatty deposits in your arteries.

"This can only be detected by a routine blood test. Other factors which contribute to heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, age, weight, family history and ethnicity, smoking, alcohol consumption and stress.

"Several actions can help reduce these risks, including an active lifestyle, a healthy diet and lowering your cholesterol by reducing fat consumption, and eating plenty fruit and vegetables. However, a large proportion of the nation is ignoring healthy lifestyle advice, not eating healthily and working long hours each day without taking steps to look after their health."

Albane Jeanbin, Flora ProActiv Brand manager, says: "It's worrying that so many people seem to be ignoring their heart health and the risks of elevated cholesterol. With high cholesterol as a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease, Flora ProActiv is on a mission to lower the nation's cholesterol. Flora ProActiv contains plant sterols which have been shown to actively lower blood cholesterol."


  • Financial services (95%)
  • Media, marketing, advertising, PR and sales (90%)
  • It and telecoms (87%)
  • Manufacturing (84%)
  • Transportation and distribution (79%)
  • Medical and healthcare (79%)