IT Workers Lead U.S. in Weight Gain on the Job

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-01-2014 Email

Americans' ongoing struggles with weight issues remain a well-documented fact: More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The estimated annual medical cost for those who are obese is $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. Yet, even within the context of a national health crisis, a recent survey from CareerBuilder presents findings which CIOs may find particularly troubling: Tech workers lead all industry categories in gaining weight on the job. Employees are also at a greater disadvantage if they're female, older or (sorry, CIOs!) a manager. A number of factors appear to be driving this unfortunate trend, including a lack of exercise and activity among a surprisingly high percentage of professionals, as well as the wealth of office-based tasty temptations, such as coworkers' treats and unhealthy fast food. Perhaps it's time for CIOs and other managers to encourage far fewer cake days while making sure there are lots of wholesome fruits available in the pantry? A total of 3,022 workers participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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