Today's fast-paced working environment is taking its toll on the younger generation, says a new UK survey of 3000 people.
The study by probiotic company Multibionta found that in the past year, 72 per cent of under-30s surveyed said they took at least one sick day, compared to just 46 per cent of over-55s, the UK's Daily Mail reported.
And stress was a key factor. 86 per cent of people aged 18 to 29 felt stressed at work compared to 66 per cent of older adults. And a quarter of young adults said they had taken time off due to stress compared to one in six of over-55s.
Symptoms of stress included irritability, headaches, tiredness and insomnia.
The study also found that under-30s were more likely to eat an unhealthy diet, drink more, work longer hours and sleep less than people twice their age, which was taking a toll on their health.
18 percent of the younger respondents had taken a sick day due to a hangover compared to just 8 percent of the over-55s.
Younger workers were also found more likely to suffer from flu, allergies and food intolerances.
"Today's fast paced, work hard play hard lifestyle appears to be taking its toll on the younger generation, said Peter Morton, Marketing Manager from Multibionta.
"This generation of young adults must recognise the importance of looking after themselves and ensuring they take steps to ensure they lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle."
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