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