Not just Christmas that’s making us fatter – our jobs our helping pile on the pounds, too

Research from independent job site CV-Library reveals 29% of workers across the UK blame their job for weight gain. And 75.7% said their work was negatively affecting their health and happiness

Eating unhealthy food such as pizza at our desks is causing us to pile on the pounds

 

Too much food and not enough exercise is as much a Christmas tradition as carols and decorations – but it is also our job that is causing us to pile on the pounds, a new study claims.

Research from independent job site CV-Library reveals 29% of workers across the UK blame their job for weight gain. And 75.7% said their work was negatively affecting their health and happiness.

The survey of 1,200 workers revealed the top five reasons for weight gain:

  • Sitting at a desk all day – 50.1%
  • Working long days that don’t leave time to fit in exercise – 40.8%
  • Snacking a lot at work – 40.3%
  • Eating more due to stress at work – 31.2%
  • Colleagues bringing in unhealthy snacks to share – 28%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library said “Living a healthy lifestyle can sometimes feel like a job in itself, so it’s unsurprising to see that work has an impact on the eating and exercise habits of many of the nation’s professionals.

“That said, it’s worrying to learn that such a high percentage are unhappy as a result. Weight gain at work is understandable, particularly if you sit at a desk all day and struggle to fit in going to the gym or taking part in exercise before or after work.

While it can be tricky, as ultimately the lifestyle choices of your employees are out of your hands, try to encourage healthy habits. Walk or cycle to work schemes are always a great way to get help staff fit in exercise around their working day.

“What’s more, inexpensive perks like healthy snacks and team lunches, or discounted gym membership are positive ways to encourage your staff to look after themselves. After all, unhealthy and unhappy staff are going to be less motivated, and  as a result, less productive.”

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