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Fox News Explains Why Skipping Vacation is Hurting Your Body

Taking a vacation not only helps employees' productivity; it also helps them stay both mentally and physically healthy. Moira Lawler says that skipping vacation can lead to heart disease, depression, and weight gain and urges American workers to take a break:

Ever feel guilty for using your vacation days — even when you’ve earned them? You’re not alone. “People assume this is the way Americans have always been, like it’s just who we are, it’s part of our work ethic,” Katie Denis, senior program director for Project: Time Off, told Fox News. “We’ve always had a strong work ethic, but we have not always been work martyrs.”

Americans took an average of about 20 vacation days a year from the 1970s to 2000. That number started to decline and fell to 16.2 days in 2015, according to research from Project: Time Off.

Leaving vacation days on the table, which 55 percent of people do, can take a toll on your health, both mentally and physically, Cynthia Thaik, MD, a holistic cardiologist and health practitioner in Los Angeles, told Fox News.