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Teachers, Engineers And Scientists Among Most Likely To Gain Weight On The Job, CareerBuilder Survey Finds

CHICAGO, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new CareerBuilder study has found that more than half (55 percent) of workers consider themselves to be overweight, and 41 percent have gained weight at their present jobs. Of those who say they've gained weight, 59 percent gained over 10 pounds and 30 percent gained over 20 pounds. Conversely, 16 percent of all workers say they've lost weight while at their current job.

The national survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive © from February 11 to March 6, 2013, included more than 3,600 full-time workers. 

Professions that often involve high stress levels or long hours behind a desk had a higher percentage of workers putting on extra pounds.  Among those most likely to report weight gain:
  • Administrative Assistant (69 percent)
  • Engineer (56 percent)
  • Teacher/Instructor K-12 (51 percent)
  • Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant (51 percent)
  • IT Manager/Network Administrator (51 percent)
  • Attorney/Judge/ Legal Professional (48 percent)
  • Machine Operator/Assembly/Production Worker (45 percent)
  • Scientist, Biological/Physical/Social (39 percent)

"Weight gain at work often comes from a combination of poor eating habits when you're on the go and not being able to fit a workout into a busy schedule. Two in five workers don't exercise on a regular basis and one in ten don't exercise at all," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. "Whether it's daily walks with a co-worker or taking advantage of company wellness benefits, it's important to find a way to stay active." 

Causes of Weight GainSedentary roles, readily-available junk food and time constraints that lead to unhealthy eating habits can make it tough to stay fit.  Workers cited the following causes for expanding waistlines:
  • Sitting at my desk most of the day – 56 percent
  • Eating because of stress - 35 percent
  • Eating out regularly - 26 percent
  • The temptation of the office candy jar - 17 percent
  • Having to skip meals because of time constraints - 17 percent
  • Workplace celebrations (potlucks, birthdays) - 17 percent
  • Pressure to eat food co-workers bring in - 9 percent
  • Happy hours - 4 percent

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