Executives in the legal sector are in finer physical nick than those in other industries.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on October 24, 2017

Bosses of legal firms are healthier than their counterparts in other industries according to the Executive Health Index.

As revealed in the Australian Financial Review today, legal executives ranked first over 20 other industries in an overall health comparison.

Bankers, consultants and accountants rounded out the top four.

Interestingly, this isn’t just another survey. Executive Health Solutions (EHS) has put together data generated from medical examinations, blood and urine tests, scans, face-to-face interviews and physical assessments of 30,000 executives across Australia.

And while the legal sector may celebrate the result — which was based on data accrued between July 2013 and June 2017 — it has claimed top spot based largely on executives’ physical (fourth) and medical health (first). When it comes to mental health, lawyers are lagging in 12th position.

Accountants are the fittest psychologically, and consultants set the benchmark in both lifestyle and physical health.

The bottom-dwelling industry is agriculture, which finished last in every category bar psychological health, in which it finished second-last.

“This index allows organisations to benchmark the health performance of their key staff against a similar cohort,” EHS CEO John Hall tells AFR.

“It enables the pinpointing of key health risk areas that raise the likelihood of chronic diseases, time off work and reduced performance and productivity.

“When I present reports to a company, people mostly want to know how they compare to others in their industry or in similar positions.”