Bosses are not "fat cats" when it comes to health as they take more exercise and are less overweight than other workers, a new report claimed today.
Legal & General said its research showed that senior managers were setting a good example for keeping fit and healthy. A survey of 2,000 adults by the health firm found managers were less likely to complain that they did not have time to exercise or follow a healthy diet.
Almost a third of bosses said they knew what they should be eating to stay healthy, compared with one in five other employees.
Dr John Delfosse, medical officer for Legal & General Group Protection business said: "Exercise and diet have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of employees. Different responsibilities at work entail different health risks.
"As this research shows, people in managerial roles are often more likely to suffer from symptoms of stress than their junior colleagues, but on the whole follow a healthier lifestyle."
Managing director Diane Buckley said: "The research would indicate that senior managers are possibly taking advantage of benefits available to them in the workplace to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle.
"It would be great if those same managers were seen as an example to their staff by encouraging them to also exercise and follow a healthy diet."