Is Your Job Behind That Weight Gain?

posted by Tony Manero - 

  • 57% of workers say they're overweight and 45% believe their job is the reason for it
  • 26% of workers gained more than 10 pounds at their current job, while 11% gained more than 20
  • Sitting at a desk most of the day is the main excuse for folks' extra weight gain, followed by being too tired from work to exercise

Now that the weather is nice and we’re wearing a lot less clothing, a lot of people are probably realizing they may have put on a few pounds during the colder part of the year. A lot of those people are blaming that extra weight on their jobs.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 57% of workers say they are overweight and 45% are blaming their jobs. Overall, 26% of workers say they've gained more than 10 pounds at their current job, while 11% gained more than 20. 

So, what is causing all this extra job-related weight gain? The biggest reasons include: 

  • Sitting at a desk most of the day (53%)
  • Too tired from work to exercise (49%)
  • Eating because of stress (41%)
  • No time to exercise before or after work (34%)
  • The temptation of the office candy jar (21%)
  • Eating out regularly (21%)
  • Workplace celebrations (13%)
  • Having to skip meals because of time constraints (12%)
  • Happy hours (6%)
  • Pressure to eat food co-workers bring in (6%)

But it’s not as though some companies aren’t trying to help their employees stay healthy. The survey finds that 30% of employees say their company offers some sort of wellness benefit, but 19% of folks don’t take advantage of them. Meanwhile, 61% of people say their employers offer no benefits, but if they did, 37% of those people would use them.

Source: Market Watch

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