10 Ways Your Job Is Making You Fat

Feb 05, 2015

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    Your JOB can make you FAT!

    You are too busy climbing the corporate ladder that you have forgotten to look after your health. You used to go for a walk, but now you are in a new job or have just been promoted and all eyes are on you. You put extra time at your work to prove yourself, believing that taking daily breaks from the office is no longer acceptable and your health, especially your weight suffers. According to a survey, people who spend long hours sitting at a desk and have high stress jobs are more likely to gain weight. A number of reasons may be responsible for affecting that waistline of yours. Here are some potential signs that indicate you may be getting fat because of your job! Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Hours of Sitting

    One of the most common causes of work-related weight gain is lack of physical activity. People tend to sit continuously for hours at their desk in order to do their work which leads to expanding waistlines. Even research shows that people who stand or walk throughout the day burn more calories as compared to those who don’t. Walking during the office/working hours or breaks can help reduce the fewer pounds you have gained over time. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Long Commute

    In addition to long hours of sitting at desk, people spend around half an hour or even more commuting to work and back to home. According to the surveys conducted by US Census Bureau and the American Community Survey, 86 percent of the workers commute by car while rest take public transport. Workers who take public transportation to and from work tend to have lower BMIs as compared to those who drive or ride in a car, suggests the study published in the British Medical Journal. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    On The Job Stress

    Do you freak out when your boss calls you into his/her cabin or asks for work report submissions? Well, you should not. Did you know that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can trigger fat and sugar cravings and can also cause the body to hang onto unwanted fat and store it around the midsection? Yes, this is what happens every time you freak out or get stressed. In 2014, a German study found that work related stress is a risk factor for type 2 Diabetes. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Late Nights

    If you  have been burning the midnight oil to meet the deadlines or keeping up with heavy workloads, you certainly can blame your restricted sleep schedule for excess weight gain. In 2013, University of Pennsylvania conducted a study which shows that adults who could manage only four hours of sleep for five nights in a row tended to gain more weight than those who got eight hours of sleep. Consumption of extra meals during late night hours contributes a lot to weight gain. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    The Lunch Options

    People who work in or commute through places which have plenty of drive-through food outlets are more likely to stop at them. Such people are also more likely to have higher BMIs.  According to a British study from 2014, people who eat more on the way to home are more likely to be obese as compared to those who are least exposed to these. In case you don’t have healthy options nearby and you end up eating at such takeout joints, you need to make some real efforts to prepare and pack your own food ahead of time for a healthy you. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Lack of Wellness Programs

    Does your company provide you comprehensive wellness programs? You may be thinking why it is important to have one. Well, according to research employers should be given unique opportunity to improve public health by offering incentives and tools.  However, it has been found that only 25 of large companies offer comprehensive wellness programs. If your organisation doesn’t care about your health, you should. Enrol yourself in a wellness program. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Candy Jars and Freebies

    You must have seen few people in your office who like to always keep a bowl of candies out or other freebies on their desk. It is very common for people to when something delicious is put out on display, people will crave to eat much more of it than if it was tucked away in a drawer or bag. The same goes with the left over desserts or other delicious food items lurking in the kitchen.  It is very easy to get tempted to such sweets. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Co-worker’s Eating Habits

    If you frequently go out on lunch with your colleagues, chances are high that their unhealthy dietary choices are rubbing off on you.  According to a review study which was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, people tend to conform to eating norms in social settings. Most times we end up ordering food which other people are having. Image Courtesy: Getty


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    Endless Office Parties

    If your office celebrates every single birthday, anniversary and success of the firm with cake and chocolates, you have high chances of gaining weight. Such celebrations may boost the morale of the employees of the company but the truth is it may not be so good for your health. The companies should celebrate and reward workers without forcing sugary foods on them. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Lack of Sunlight

    If your cubicle does not have windows and you always reach office before the sun comes up, you are surely missing out on a powerful, natural weapon against obesity which is exposure to sun. According to a Northwestern University study, the exposure to the sun is associated with BMI, and getting bright light in the morning hours gives a slimming effect. The light from the sun helps to regulate circadian rhythms that in turn regulate energy balance and expenditure. Image Courtesy: Getty