Many People Believe Their Job Is Causing Them To Gain Weight

posted by Big Al - 

Now that the weather is nice and we’re wearing a lot less clothing, a lot of people are probably realizing they may have put on a few pounds during the colder part of the year. A lot of those people are blaming that extra weight on their jobs.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 57% of workers say they are overweight and 45% are blaming their jobs. Overall, 26% of workers say they've gained more than 10 pounds at their current job, while 11% gained more than 20. 

So, what is causing all this extra job-related weight gain? The biggest reasons include: 

  • Sitting at a desk most of the day (53%)
  • Too tired from work to exercise (49%)
  • Eating because of stress (41%)
  • No time to exercise before or after work (34%)
  • The temptation of the office candy jar (21%)
  • Eating out regularly (21%)
  • Workplace celebrations (13%)
  • Having to skip meals because of time constraints (12%)
  • Happy hours (6%)
  • Pressure to eat food co-workers bring in (6%)

But it’s not as though some companies aren’t trying to help their employees stay healthy. The survey finds that 30% of employees say their company offers some sort of wellness benefit, but 19% of folks don’t take advantage of them. Meanwhile, 61% of people say their employers offer no benefits, but if they did, 37% of those people would use them.

Source: Market Watch 

Big Al wants to know: Does your company offer any type of wellness benefits? Do you use them? If your company did offer them do you think you’d actually use them?

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