A new survey from CareerBuilder finds that two-in-five workers (44%) have gained weight at their current job, on par with previous studies. Twenty-six percent of workers gained over 10 pounds, and 13% gained over 20 pounds. Sixteen percent said they had lost weight. The survey included responses from over 5,700 workers across industries.
Certain occupations had a higher incidence of workers reporting weight gain, often tied to sedentary or high-stress positions. Among those most likely to report gaining weight: travel agent; attorney/judge; social worker; teacher; artist/designer/architect; administrative assistant; physician; protective services; marketing/public relations professional; information technology professional.
More than half the surveyed workers (54%) attribute their weight gain to sitting at their desk most of the day, and roughly the same number (56%) state that they eat their lunch there as well. Other culprits causing extra inches:
- Eating because of stres: 37%
- Eating out regularly23%
- Having to skip meals because of time constraint: 19%
- Workplace celebrations (potlucks, birthdays)18%
- The office candy jar temptation - 16%
- Pressure to eat food coworkers bring in10%
When asked how often they eat out at work for lunch instead of bringing their meal from home, 53% of workers said they do so at least once a week, 23% at least three times a week, and 11% at least five times a week.
Ten percent of workers indicated they eat lunch out of the vending machine at least once a week, and 71% said they snack during the workday.
When it comes to exercise routines, 59% of workers said they exercise regularly, while 10% said they don't exercise at all.