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Overweight man's belly Food is a notable source of stress for employees, as more than 22% said they were “out of control,” and the share of people who are eating fast food more than three times per week has increased.

A report from MediKeeper identified some notable trends in health decision-making that employers should prepare to address in their wellness programs. The report is based on responses from nearly 67,120 employees in 2020 and almost 10,550 employee responses in 2021.

The share of workers who are seeking professional help for stress and anxiety — not just feeling more stress, but actually seeking help — more than doubled between the two waves of the survey, the report found. Some people may be self-medicating, as workers reported some troubling binge drinking: 70% of men have 14 or more drinks a week, and 28% of women say they imbibe at least seven times a week.

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