Office Work Causes Employees to Pack on Pounds

Office Work Causes Employees to Pack on Pounds

Office Work Causes Employees to Pack on Pounds

Unhealthy Situation  51% of IT managers and network admins consider themselves overweight, compared to 55% of workers overall.

Working in an office can be stressful, and that stress—combined with sitting at a desk all day—can really add on pounds, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The majority of workers, including IT professionals, consider themselves overweight. The leading culprits causing expanding waistlines include constant office celebrations, temptations to dine out and an overall lack of exercise. To stay fit, CareerBuilder recommends that professionals incorporate more activity into their daily routine, by walking to someone's desk instead of emailing them, and taking the stairs instead of escalators or elevators. It's also important to stay hydrated with water, to avoid sugary drinks and to bring lunches from home to ensure you have healthy choices. "Weight gain at work often comes from a combination of poor eating habits when you're on the go and not being able to fit a workout into a busy schedule," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Whether it's daily walks with a co-worker or taking advantage of company wellness benefits, it's important to find a way to stay active." Nearly 3,700 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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