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Could New Workplace Trends Trim Job-Related Weight Gain?

There's a likely connection between obesity and the decline in savings, and I have a little theory that the rise in obesity has a lot to do with how much time we put in at the office, too. Working long hours is necessary for many Americans and others view their hard working overtime as a badge of honor. Whatever the motivation for banking hours of desk time, there's no question that sitting in a stressed out state for most of our days isn't the best thing we can do for our health.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 50 percent of women and 42 percent of men say they've gained weight since starting their current job. It makes sense that the longer hours US workers are clocking, the heavier we'll be as a country — the inactivity, the snacking, eating out, and stress add up a pretty unhealthy picture. Could new workplace trends begin to trim our waistlines? See what I'm talking about when you


Job placement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. predicts that a four-day work week will become the norm and business traveling will be scaled back significantly in favor of teleconferencing. Should these predictions come true the changes could start chipping away at work-related weight-gain. One less day in the office could give us one more day to be active and focus on personal health, while less business travel could mean less eating on the go and more regular sleep schedules.

Do you think these possible trends could help trim job-related weight gain? Have you noticed any change in your health since starting your job?


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