More Workers Losing Weight on Job

05.22.2011
HR & Safety

In a new survey by CareerBuilder, 18% of workers reported that they’ve lost weight in their current jobs, compared to 16% who said the same last year. Forty-three percent of workers said they have gained weight in their current jobs, in line with findings from the last two years. The survey was based on responses from 5,600 workers.

Less stressful work environments may be contributing to workers’ weight loss, as one-quarter (24%) of workers said stress has contributed to their weight gain, down from 32% last year. Other factors workers cite for contributing to weight gain include:

  • Sitting at a desk most of the day – 36%
  • Eating out regularly16%
  • Skipping meals because of time constraints – 13%
  • Workplace celebrations (potlucks, birthdays, etc)12%

To help workers maintain healthier lifestyles, more than one-quarter (28%) of companies provide gym passes, workout facilities, or wellness benefits.

Not packing a lunch can be an obstacle on the road to weight loss. Half of workers surveyed say they eat out for lunch at least one day a week, making it difficult to control portions and calorie intake. Snacking can also be a slippery slope for those trying to cut back on calories; two thirds (65%) of employees snack at least once a day, including one-quarter that snack twice a day.

For some tips on fending off workplace weight gain: http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?id=pr637&sd=5%2f12%2f2011&ed=5%2f12%2f2099&siteid=cbpr&sc_cmp1=cb_pr637_

For more information on wellness in the workplace, visit cbiahealthyconnections.com.

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