Work Is Making You Fat

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that sitting at your desk all day is making you gain weight. A CareerBuilder survey of more than 3,000 full-time workers reveals 55 percent feel they’re overweight, and 44 percent say they’ve gained weight while at their present jobs. More than half admitted that sitting at their desks for most of the day has contributed to their weight gain, and 45 percent reported being “too tired from work to exercise.” Still, 36 percent blamed stress-related eating for their weight gain. Ron Goetzel, senior scientist and director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies says his research has found that workplace wellness programs can help employees lose weight, but the most effective ones include things like low-cost salad bars in company cafeterias, on-site exercise equipment or serving healthy snacks during meetings. He adds, “Companies tend to understand that encouraging wellness is a good idea, but they often don’t know how to do it or do it well.” (CBS News)