Your Job Is Making You Fat

Your Job Is Making You Fat

Your Job Is Making You Fat

43% of workers say they’ve gained weight in their current jobs; 18% say they’ve lost weight.
Many office workers say the cubicle lifestyle is making them gain weight, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. Logical enough, as too many of us sit at our desks all day, feeling trapped and stressed by the demands of the job. We’re also tempted to go out for that cheeseburger and fries for lunch instead of packing healthier meals from home. And more temptation lurks as co-workers bring in treats for birthdays and other events. Workers -- and their managers and HR people -- are aware of the issues, and are taking steps to address it via exercise and wellness programs. "Most organizations are mindful of the higher costs -- both to their bottom line and to their workers' overall quality of life -- that are associated with unhealthy behaviors,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “As a result, many workplaces are taking a more proactive role in their staff's well-being by implementing programs and benefits that promote wellness." More than 5,600 workers took part in the survey.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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