Here are the weighty facts: Almost 70% of Americans weigh more than they should. More than a third are obese and another 6% are classified as having “extreme obesity.” There’s no single reason behind these depressing statistics, but a new survey uncovers evidence that our jobs may contribute more to this situation than previously believed.
CareerBuilder.com polled more than 3,000 workers and found that, for a lot of us, work is making us fat. Almost 60% of respondents said they felt overweight (the government data above counts people who aren’t in the workforce as well, which could be behind the discrepancy, or there could be a fair number of us who don’t realize we’re carrying around some extra poundage).
More than four in 10 respondents say they’ve gained weight at their current jobs, up from less than 40% last year, and more than 20% say they’ve gained 10 pounds or more. CareerBuilder calls today’s workplace “an enabler of Americans’ ever-expanding waistlines.” Workers in professional and business services and IT are most likely to be losing the battle of the bulge at work. (Retail workers are the least likely to gain weight.)
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at If You’re Overweight, Can You Blame Your Job? | TIME.