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Obesity treatment could be needed by frequent business travellers as the lifestyle has been linked to a higher chance of putting on weight.

According to research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, people who are travelling for business for two weeks or more each month tend to have a higher body mass index (BMI).

Indeed, those who travelled the most (for 20 days or more a month) had the poorest health, with a mean BMI of 27.5 compared to a mean of just 26.1 for lighter travellers.

Heavy business travellers were also 260 per cent more likely to rate their health as fair to poor.

Catherine Richards, doctoral candidate at the school's Department of Epidemiology and first author of the report, commented: "The results for self-rated health are of concern because this simple measure is a very robust predictor of mortality.

"Similarly, the associations between business travel and obesity are noteworthy because of the many negative health consequences of this condition."

 

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