Is Your Job Making You Fat?
If You're a Teacher, Lawyer or, Yes, Doctor, It Just Might Be
They're fine professions for many reasons, but, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder, being a travel agent, lawyer, judge or doctor might be detrimental to your health.
Specifically, according to the survey (as reported by MNN.com), two out of five workers have gained weight at the current job, with more than 25 percent packing on at least 10 pounds, and 14 percent gaining more than 20 pounds.
Thanks to frequent office snacks like donuts and pastries, as well as vending machine runs, stress and sedentary job practices, travel agents, lawyers and judges are the three professions most likely to make people gain weight on the job, according to CareerBuilder.
Other occupations that have proven bad for the waistline:
- Social worker
- Administrative assistant
- Police and firefighters
- Marketing/public relations professionals
- IT professionals
More than half of those surveyed blame sitting at their desks for the weight gain, while lunch is another big factor. More than 50 percent of those surveyed said they dine out at least once a week, while 23 percent dine out at least three times a week.
And 10 percent say they eat lunch from vending machines.
More bad news stats from the survey of 5,700 full-time employees: 40 percent of workers said they don't workout regularly, while 10 percent said they don't exercise at all.
Thankfully, CareerBuilder has offered some relatively quick and easy tips to make sure your job doesn't make you pack on the pounds:
Walk More: take the stairs instead of the elevator;
Snack Healthy: Keep veggies and fruit in the office fridge, and leave the chips and candy in the vending machine;
Pack a Lunch: You can control your portions and food type better than a restaurant can;
Choose Water: Instead of sugary, caffeinated drinks;
Sneak in Exercise: Try taking a little walk with a co-worker each day, sitting on an exercise ball at your desk or use free weights at your desk.
PS -- Besides the obvious benefits to your health, being food and exercise-conscious at work could benefit your bank account. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal said employees who exercise regularly earn nine percent more than those who don't.