In 2016, 398,000 people died worldwide from a stroke and 347,000 people died of heart disease, which manifested itself because they work 55 hours a week, often more. This emerges from the first global analysis of the impact of working hours on human health.
“Working 55 hours per week or more poses serious health risks,” said Maria Niira, Director of the Department of Health and Environmental and Social Impact on Health at the World Health Organization.
According to the study, these long working hours increase the risk of stroke by 35% and the risk of dying from ischemic heart disease by 17%. People who worked only 35 to 40 hours a week had fewer risks.
The majority of victims were men (72%), middle-aged or elderly workers due to long working hours and overwork. The study said, “Most of the reported deaths were among people between the ages of 60 and 79 years who worked 55 hours a week or more when they were between 45 and 74 years old.”
Experts studied the effects of working hours on human health in 194 countries from 2000 to 2016. The regions most affected are Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. There, the World Health Organization classifies China, Japan, and Australia.
In addition, experts fear that this trend may increase due to the coronavirus pandemic. Telework has become the norm in many industries, often blurring the line between home and work. Many companies have had to cut or close their operations to save money. People who get paid but work longer hours are not worth any work. That … the risk of stroke or heart disease, “believes WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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