Seafarers should keep an eye on their weight to avoid storing up health problems, advises Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, according to Exim News Service.
It has called upon seafarers to make a conscious effort to switch to a healthier diet.
Seafarers could easily become overweight if they load up on calories to get through long working hours, Mr John MacDonald, General Manager of Hutton’s Medical, explained.
"They just load up with calories to get them through the day, but that doesn’t do your body any good at all. The energy is stored as fat and you are setting yourself up for problems later in life," he elaborated.
It is not just shipowners and managers who need to change their attitudes to crew health by purchasing healthier foods, but individual seafarers themselves who can take more responsibility for their own health and diet.
He wanted seafarers to avoid fried sausages and fried bacon in a sandwich. They may taste good, but are not good in the long run, he emphasised.
However, the maritime community appears to be embracing a healthier lifestyle: Hutton’s reports an increase in ships choosing to stock up on healthier foods.
A number of ship managers and caterers are taking welfare seriously and increasing the quantities of fruits and vegetables they order, in addition to reducing the quantity of fatty foods on board.