Startling new study data from the World Health Organization connects working long hours to death from heart disease and stroke.
Startling new study data from the World Health Organization links working long hours to death from heart disease and stroke.
05/17/2021 12:36pm EDTThana Prasongsin via Getty ImagesA new WHO study suggests long work hours may kill hundreds of thousands of people around the globe every year.Putting in long hours at work isn’t just emotionally and physically draining; it can be deadly, according to
from the World Health Organization and International Labor Organization.The peer-reviewedstudy, which WHO says is the first global analysis of its kind, found that 488 million people around the world put in long work hours, defined as 55 hours or more per week.
People who work long hours had a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of heart disease compared to those who worked 35 to 40 hours per week, the researchers concluded.In 2016, the year the study focused on, long working hours led to an estimated 745,194 deaths from stroke and heart disease. headtopics.com
WHO warns that long working hours are on the rise around the world, which puts even more people at risk of work-related disability and early death. The agency is also concerned about the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as millions of people have put in a grueling year-plus of even longer hours working from home, while others have been forced to do more with less in the face of sweeping layoffs.
“Teleworking has become the norm in many industries, often blurring the boundaries between home and work. In addition, many businesses have been forced to scale back or shut down operations to save money, and people who are still on the payroll end up working longer hours,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General,
in a press release. “No job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease. Governments, employers and workers need to work together to agree on limits to protect the health of workers.”But well before the pandemic, public health experts and health care providers were sounding the alarm about just how harmful long work hours can be for people’s health, no matter the industry.
“Working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard.”- Maria Neira, World Health Organization Read more: HuffPost Parents »
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