A new CareerBuilder survey found two-in-five workers (44 percent) said they have gained weight at their current job. Twenty-six percent of workers gained over 10 pounds, and 14 percent gained over 20 pounds.
There were certain occupations that had a higher incidence of workers reporting weight gain, often tied to more sedentary or high stress positions. Among those most likely to report gaining weight include:
· Travel Agent
· Social Worker
· Administrative Assistant
· Protective Services (Police, Firefighter)
· Marketing/Public Relations Professional
· Information Technology Professional
Causes for Weight Gain
More than half of workers (54 percent) attributed their weight gain to sitting at their desk most of the day, and roughly the same amount (56 percent) stated they eat their lunch there as well. Other culprits causing extra inches around the waist line include:
· Eating because of stress – 37 percent
· Eating out regularly – 23 percent
· Having to skip meals because of time constraints – 19 percent
· Workplace celebrations (potlucks, birthdays) – 18 percent
· The temptation of the office candy jar – 16 percent
· Pressure to eat food co-workers bring in – 10 percent
Ten percent of workers indicated they eat lunch out of the vending machine at least once a week, and 71 percent said they snack during the workday.
Tips for Staying Fit
In addition to maintaining a regular workout routine throughout the workweek, here are some tips to help push away the extra pounds this summer:
· Take more steps throughout the day – Take the stairs instead of the elevator or stop by a coworker’s desk instead of sending an email.
· Snack healthy – Snacking can seem innocent when done in small bits and pieces, but the extra calories will start to add up quickly. Keep plenty of veggies and fruits in the office fridge so you have a healthier choice on hand.
· Pack your lunch – Bringing your lunch to work helps you better control your portions and also saves you money.
· Choose water – Drink water throughout the day instead of caffeinated drinks or juices. This helps make you feel fuller faster, and cuts down on the calories.
· Sneak in some exercise Take daily walks with a coworker, replace your chair with an exercise ball for part of the day, and keep free weights at your desk – all quick and easy solutions to help stay fit and trim.
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June 19, 2012 at 11:38 am | Cindy Davis | No comment