Long Working Hours: Cause of Increasing Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke – WHO, ILO


The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has stated that long working hours has led to 745, 000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart conditions in 2016.

This according to its statement on Monday is a 29 per cent increase since 2000.

In its analysis the WHO and ILO estimated that, in 2016, 398, 000 people died from stroke and 347, 000 from heart disease as a result of having worked at least 55 hours a week.

“Between 2000 and 2016, the number of deaths from heart disease due to working long hours increased by 42 per cent and from stroke by 19 per cent, its analysis of the loss of life and health associated with working long hours showed.

It also added that “this work-related disease burden is particularly significant in men (72 per cent of deaths occurred among males), people living in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions, and middle-aged or older workers.

“Most of the deaths recorded were among people dying aged 60-79 years, who had worked for 55 hours or more per week between the ages of 45 and 74 years,” said the report.


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