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LET’S TALK ABOUT… HEALTHY WORKPLACES

An inclusive workplace is the only workplace that truly thrives. Your team want to belong. They want to be themselves and know that you understand their needs.

That's why we all need better policies, respect and action to build healthy workplaces for people living with obesity.  

Employers have an unprecedented opportunity to create healthier environments in formal, flexible or hybrid workplaces. It is not only about the physical workspace, but practical and emotional support. 

Let’s get talking...

This World Obesity Day, start a conversation about obesity with someone you know. Why not begin with one of the topics below? Or choose from our wider selection of topic cards.

Let's talk about... sleep and stress

Did you know that lack of sleep disturbs hormones, which in turn can affect weight, as can high stress? Are your employees getting the rest they need?

Let's talk about... the dangers of weight stigma in society

Weight stigma can damage mental and physical wellbeing and may prevent people from seeking necessary medical care. While stigma differs in different parts of the world, one thing is clear: experiencing systemic bias does not help people to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Let's talk about... how the food we have available to us contributes to obesity

Ultra-processed food, now cheaply and widely available all over the world, is contributing to the rapid rise in obesity. Does your workplace make it easy for staff and customers to access nutritious food?

Let's talk about... turning conversations into action

When we talk, debate and share our stories we can change perspectives and transform health outcomes. Together, we can be a powerful voice calling for real action. What will you do? Read on for more ideas.

Get involved

Know the facts

There are many stigmatising assumptions made about people living with obesity. It is often presented as a lifestyle choice or a lack of willpower. The tired mantra to ‘eat less, move more’ fails to acknowledge that obesity is a disease and that there are many other factors.

If you want to support your colleagues effectively, you need to start by understanding what obesity is, which factors drive it and how to talk about it.

Our factsheets are ready to help you on your obesity inclusion journey.

Learn about obesity
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TOP TIPS

for fostering a healthy workplace

Change office culture

People with obesity routinely face stigma at work.

This is most prevalent in unhealthy and stressful workplaces. You can help by creating a culture of health where all people feel supported in their wellbeing. Making these changes can also positively impact productivity, employee engagement, healthcare costs, staff retention, and company reputation.

Start with these tips on how to cultivate a healthy working culture and engage employees.

Read the tips

Create a healthy environment

A driving factor of obesity is the 'obesogenic environment' – when surroundings, opportunities or conditions of life influence obesity rates. Many people spend over half their waking day at work, so work environments play a key role in overall health.

It can be difficult to translate employee needs into effective health strategies. Rather than rely only on short-term incentives such as step counts and weight loss goals, create a physical and cultural environment that promotes good mental and physical health. Our recommendations will get you started.

Read our recommendations
Case Study Background

EMPLOYERS

Find inspiration in others

Fuel to Go & Play – turning community venues into a setting for health promotion :

Fuel to Go & Play® is supporting numerous community venues in Perth to provide healthy food and drink options, through training, resource-sharing and an accreditation scheme

Fuel to Go & Play®, Perth, Australia

Join our campaign

Employers have an influential role to play in addressing the systemic causes of obesity. That’s why we need more workplaces to pledge change and voice support. This World Obesity Day, join the conversation and make a lasting difference to global health.

  • Hold conversations with colleagues
  • Organise a workshop or training session
  • Print and display information
  • Spread the word on social media
  • Share your story
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