19 September 2013

Cambodian Clothing Workers Calorie Deficient


That's how many calories a woman working a ten-hour shift of industrial sewing should consume daily. It's estimated that it would cost about US$75 per month for a Cambodian worker to purchase that 3,000 calories-a-day-diet.

That would leave those on the minimum wage just US$6 for rent, transport, medical and clothing costs.

So the average Cambodian garment worker manages just 1,598 calories.

No surprise then that 33% of these workers are medically underweight. And 25% have a BMI  so low that they would be considered anorexic in a developed country.

It should then also be of no surprise then that outbreaks of mass-fainting occur on a regular basis in the kingdom.

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