Poor diets in developing countries are costing businesses as much as $850 billion a year in lost productivity and possible reputation loss. And this is probably an underestimate, because indirect costs such as impaired cognitive development and paid sick leave for malnutrition related conditions are not included.
Companies should play a bigger role in tackling health problems caused by poor diets. These are the findings of a study by Chatham House and Vivid Economics, analyzing the impact of undernutrition and obesity on business in low- and low- and middle-income countries.
Multinational companies should to do more to fight malnutrition, according to the researchers. That should include supporting breastfeeding, offering regular health checks and nutritious and subsidized healthy food at work, according to the London-based think tank.
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