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Industry Research : Call Center Workers Not Eating Enough Healthy Food
Local nutrition officials raised the alarm over the results of a local study that showed call center workers eating less and less nutritious food.
A survey conducted here last year reveals that call center agents in Cebu City are reaching for more junk foods instead of healthy foods due to lack of time and accessibility to healthy food.
The survey done on 1,200 call center workers in Cebu City was conducted by the Population Commission (Popcom) and the University of San Carlos (USC). Said survey results also point to a higher incidence of smoking and drinking of alcohol among call center employees, said Popcom-7 Planning Officer Michael Pacios.
Reasons cited by call center employees were lack of time to cook nutritious food and non-availability of healthy food in their working place, said Pacios.
Susan Orpilla of the National Nutrition Council-7 (NNC) said the survey’s results are alarming as the high-fat and no-vegetables diet put the health of call center agents at risk. "They are future parents. What if these young adults are already anemic and when they get married and their anemia is not treated, they will also produce underweight children," said Orpilla.
Lack of proper nutrition also affects their productivity, she warned.
Orpilla appealed to call center employers to make sure there is healthy food available for their workers in their canteens.
The Regional Nutrition Council has earlier passed a resolution requiring all school canteens in the region to make sure the food they serve adhere to NNC’s 10 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.
Orpilla said BPO companies can also choose to adopt the guidelines when stocking food in their companies.
Meanwhile, Orpilla noted a low vegetable consumption in Central Visayas.
She quoted a survey that shows vegetable intake in Central Visayas is only at 37.23 kg per year per person. The required vegetable consumption for each Filipino is at 69 kg per year.
Orpilla urged Cebuano consumers to increase their intake of vegetables by eating more home-cooked meals or growing their own vegetables in their backyards.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, May 6, 2013