Fewer than 1 in 5 NSW coal mine workers are in the healthy weight zone

Maintaining a healthy diet is a vital part of looking after your health. Australia’s rate of obesity continues to rise, and the NSW mining industry is no exception.

During 2015, (using BMI as a risk factor) 47.8 per cent of NSW coal mine workers were reported as overweight, and 34.2 per cent as obese, compared to the national average of 63 per cent and 28 per cent respectively.

An increase in weight can lead directly to safety critical health issues, including a decreased quality of life, decreased productivity, an increase in sick leave and workers compensation claims.

Many regard cardiovascular disease and diabetes as lifestyle diseases, but with increasing numbers of employees affected, the workplace must look to develop fair and effective strategies to manage the conditions safely in the workplace.

To calculate your BMI and find some healthy recipes visit the National Heart Foundation.