“The Sweet Life” Globalization and Offshoring Can Bring

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Human Resources, Offshoring

In today’s New York Times, there is a lengthy and fascinating piece detailing a rapidly increasing byproduct of India’s economic boom times – and we’re not talking about GDP. As the article says:
In a changing India, it seems to go this way: make good money and get cars, get houses, get servants, get meals out, get diabetes.

You want a sobering stat? Here you go, “In 20 years, projections are that there may be a staggering 75 million Indian diabetics.” Who is a prime target for this dreaded disease? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not farmers!
In Chennai, workers in the software industry rank among the envied elite. Doctors worry about their habits ‘” tapping keys for exercise, ingesting junk food at the computer. Dr. C. R. Anand Moses, a local diabetologist, sees a steady parade of eager software professionals, devoured by diabetes. ‘They work impossible hours sitting still,’ he said.

S. Venkatesh, 28, a thick-around-the-middle programmer, knows the diabetes narrative. Much of his work is for Western companies that operate during the Indian night. So he works in the dark, sleeps in the day. The software industry is full of pressure, because you are paid well,” he said. “In India, if you work in software, your hours are the office.’ His sole exercise is to sometimes climb the stairs. A year and a half ago, he found out he had diabetes.

So, once again, as with the post I put up a while back dealing with pollution, globalization results in a vast array of consequences, some good, some bad. Some of these results happen in the West, while others happen half a world away.

Read the whole article, then get your blood levels tested!

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