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GPOW – Guidelines for the Prevention of Obesity at the Workplace

Coordinator: Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health (PROLEPSIS), Greece

Obesity in Europe has risen dramatically over the last decades reaching a prevalence of 30% in 2006. Obesity is now recognized as one of the most serious public health problems in Europe.

Obesity is a consequence of modern lifestyle. Social, environmental and individual factors contribute to the prevalence of this condition, the workplace included. The setting where more than half of the global population spends a quarter of their lives influences obesity as working conditions may affect eating habits and activity patterns. Likewise the workplace may increase existing obesity or may endanger the health and safety of people who are already obese.

The understanding of the relationship between work and obesity is the goal of the GPOW project. The final outcome of the project will be a set of guidelines which will be widely disseminated to stakeholders, policy makers and the wider public.


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