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Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey Reveals that 81% of Malaysians Spend an Average of 6-12 Hours a Day Behind Their Desks

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Survey conducted further reveals that the average Malaysian is very sedentary, with limited activity at work and lead an overall lifestyle with limited physical activity.

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Kuala Lumpur, April 2016 – Herbalife, a global nutrition company recently released the findings from the Nutrition At Work survey conducted across the Asia Pacific region revealing that, the majority of Malaysia’s workforce lead largely sedentary lifestyles – putting them at risk of obesity. Conducted in the lead-up to the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour, the survey polled 5,500 full-time workers across 11 countries, including 500 from Malaysia and was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Pacific’s modern workforce.

According to the survey findings, nine out of 10 Malaysian workers (86%) spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with five out of 10 workers eating lunch at their work desk, two to five times per week. The survey also revealed that the majority of Malaysia’s workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with seven out of 10 workers getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, further amplifying the recent survey results in which Malaysia was dubbed as the fattest country in South-East Asia.

A further breakdown shows that Malaysian females are likely to spend more time at their desks with 67% saying they spend between 6-9 hours behind the desk daily. This tops their male counterparts with a total of 64% saying they spend the similar amount of time at their desks daily.

“With a majority of Malaysia’s workforce leading largely sedentary lifestyles, our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in Malaysia take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to people in Malaysia, we hope that this will over time help reduce obesity risks, and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people,” said Sridhar Rajagopalan, Sub-Regional General Manager of Herbalife Malaysia and Singapore.

In comparison between Malaysian millennials and non-millennials, the survey reveals that 7 out of 10 are likely to spend between 6-9 hours at their desks daily as opposed to 64% of non-millennials. 52% of millennials are likely to eat at their desks between 2-5 days in a week as opposed to 45% of non-millennials. 66% or 7 in 10 millennials also said that they would be more encouraged to stay active if it was embedded into their company culture.

“The way we live and work has seen a dramatic change due to the influence of technology. The survey reaffirms this, in which a majority of Malaysia’s workforce lead a predominantly sedentary lifestyle. Our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in Malaysia take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. While this is a joint effort, collectively it is possible to work towards a fitter and healthier Malaysia, whether it’s inculcating positive nutrition or simply incorporating some form of activity into daily life” adds Sridhar Rajagopalan.

1Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey was conducted in March 2016, with 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above, from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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About Herbalife

Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980.

Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to addressing the global obesity epidemic by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2015.

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