The Chicago Tribune ran an article, originally from the L.A. Times about a study of the health of business travelers. It seems frequent flyers are less healthy.
Shocking. Here are the stats:
“Extensive travelers were 260% more likely than light travelers to rate their health as fair to poor. Obesity was 92% more common in the extensive travelers. They also had higher cholesterol and high blood pressure.”
I had started to notice that my retiring colleagues were all getting healthier. Exercising, dropping weight, ditching some of the meds. I had associated it with leaving the stress of The Grind, but not with the travel in specific.
I am not giving up Auntie Anne’s pretzels.
Interestingly, the article does not talk about other Traveler Afflictions I have heard mentioned. Blood clots is the one that scares me. Back problems from shlepping the luggage through the airport. I have a colleague whose doctor forbids her to carry on luggage. He doesn’t want her lifting anything into the overhead bins anymore. Not to mention Airplane Plague – the general cold-n-flu like symptoms one picks up after a time on the road.
I am not sure how the math might change when looking at people that primarily drive to other locations or business. As for me, I am just glad that I am home this month.