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Travel Agents, Attorneys Among Jobs Most Likely to Report Weight Gain

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Most folks eat at work, but a new survey finds that certain occupations -- specifically travel agents, attorneys and judges -- have the highest incidence of workers reporting weight gain.

A new CareerBuilder survey conducted by Harris Interactive reveals 44 percent of respondents have gained weight at their current jobs, with 26 percent reporting a weight gain of over 10 pounds.

Certain occupations had a higher incidence of workers reporting weight gain, and they often were tied to more sedentary or high stress positions.  Here are the survey results of workers most likely to report gaining weight:

-- Travel Agent
-- Attorney/Judge
-- Social Worker
-- Teacher
-- Artist/Designer/Architect
-- Administrative Assistant
-- Physician
-- Protective Services (Police, Firefighter)
-- Marketing/Public Relations Professional
-- Information Technology Professional

The survey found the causes for workers' weight gain to be:

-- Sitting at their desk most of the day, 54 percent
-- Eating because of stress, 37 percent
-- Eating out regularly, 23 percent
-- Having to skip meals because of time constraints, 19 percent
-- Workplace celebrations (potlucks, birthdays), 18 percent
-- The temptation of the office candy jar, 16 percent
-- Pressure to eat food co-workers bring in, 10 percent

The CareerBuilder survey conducted by Harris Interactive involved more than 5,700 workers.

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Study: Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy Filings

Comstock/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Racial disparities in bankruptcy filings last year show African-Americans are more likely to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy than people from other races, says a new study.

The study, "Race, Attorney, Influence, and Bankruptcy Chapter Choice" was conducted by Jean Braucher of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, Dov Cohen of the University of Illinois and Robert M. Lawless of the University of Illinois College of Law and is forthcoming in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

The study discussed the two forms of bankruptcy, "The chief feature of a chapter 13 bankruptcy case is a plan under which the debtor must devote all of his or her disposable income to creditor repayment over a 3- to 5-year period. Chapter 7, in contrast, requires only that the debtor turn over all nonexempt assets, with over 90% of chapter 7 debtors having no assets to turn over."

Chapter 7 costs less than Chapter 13. The study showed that bankruptcy lawyers tended to suggest African-Americans file Chapter 13 bankruptcy while recommending Chapter 7 filing for white clients with a similar financial history.

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