According to a survey, 44 percent of Americans said that they had gained weight at their current job while 26 percent admitted to having added over 10 pounds. Are you surprised that your new job is making you add pounds? This might actually be true since weight management is usually affected by three things: stress level, amount of activity at your workplace or sleep schedule. Of course, if you spend your whole day seated behind a desk, chances are you will gain weight. Here are jobs that are making many people fatter.
A survey by CareerBuilder’s showed that nearly half of the workers in the transport industry had gained weight since they started working. Employees in this field are at risk of obesity compared to workers in other fields. For example, a bus driver works for long hours, shifts and often doesn’t have access to healthy food. Also, he has no time to exercise or have enough time to sleep.
All these things contribute to an increase in weight. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health stated that long-haul truck drivers are twice as likely to be obese as the general population. A survey of 1,670 truck drivers found that 69 percent of them were obese.
This job group made the list because of the high-stress nature. Stress has been linked to weight gain. There are several lawyers who have gained weight due to the anxiety of wanting to perform better in court. Also, you can imagine the long hours a lawyer has to work when they have a case pending. Judges, on the other hand, spend most of their day sitting which isn’t good for weight management. But they can create time and do some simple exercises while at work which doesn’t require much effort.
Health Care Providers
At times you might find a doctor has gone for three days and nights without sleep especially surgeons. This is a recipe for weight gain combined with the high-stress environment they have to deal with. Even nurses don’t always get enough time to sleep due to the duties awaiting them. A study by the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing found that 55 percent of nurses were overweight or obese. According to a report from several doctors and nurses, it said that they worked out once per week or less. These are people below the age of 40 who are becoming obese over time.
IT personnel have no time for other activity than spending plenty of time staring at their computer screens. This particular group of people doesn’t even realize when it’s time to eat or do anything else. In fact, you will find most of them snacking more often than any other person. Imagine how much one can eat when they are distracted. Sometimes the type of snacks they eating are unhealthy and contain a lot of calories. This might be the reason most of the IT specialists are becoming overweight.
You might be surprised that teachers are on this list. But in reality, a teacher is no different from a doctor. She/he requires a lot of sitting and grading which can be somehow stressful. Imagine this, you’ve had a stressful morning hour and you all you just want is a snack. Usually, you’ll be tempted to reach for an unhealthy high-calorie snack. This is how teachers fight their stress by going to have meals at the cafeteria, then passing through the school vending machines. Not to forget the many birthday parties they get invited to by parents.
This might be the most stressful job of them all considering their working environment. An administrative assistant is required to set a schedule for someone else in addition to their own while answering phone calls all day. This isn’t an easy task and you might feel drained by the end of the day. It’s advisable to find a way to cope with it and still do some useful things to promote a healthy weight.
Finding a solution to your weight gaining problem is the first step in becoming healthy. If it’s something you can avoid, you should try and do it. Otherwise, you will be complaining about your weight gain for a long time especially if that’s your lifetime career. Moreover, by following these simple steps you should forget about weight gain no matter your job:
- Learn to take a walk more often, or at least use the stairs instead of the elevator. Don’t use office cells when you want to greet your colleague just walk there.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Practice stress relieving exercises such as deep breathing.
- Don’t drink lots of coffee, instead replace it with tea.
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