December 15, 2014 | Pippa

I'm lucky: in my job I rarely have to work evenings or a night shift.

A new study links shift work done between 19.00 and 07.00 with poorer health. Shift workers are more likely to be obese and have chronic illnesses than the rest of the population. The effect on younger workers, compared with their 'nine to five' peers, seems even clearer.

The reasons are complex, but experts think they're linked to shift work disrupting our body clocks. Shift work is becoming more common, so businesses need to help reduce the negative effects on their workers.

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Among working-age people in England, 33% of men and 22% of women do shift work.

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