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Thursday
May192011

Many Workers Report On-the-Job Weight Gains

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Unemployment remains high in America -- and so does the weight of those fortunate enough to have a job.

A new survey by CareerBuilder.com finds many workers reporting weight gain in their current jobs.  The employment firm surveyed 5,600 workers and found that 43 percent of them said they have added pounds in their current jobs, while 18 percent reported they've lost weight.

Some of the factors that were cited by workers as contributing to their weight gain are:

-- Sitting at a desk most of the day, 36 percent
-- Workplace stress, 24 percent
-- Eating out regularly, 16 percent
-- Skipping meals because of time constraints, 13 percent
-- Workplace celebration food, 12 percent

Another contributing factor could be that 65 percent of employees were found to snack at least once a day, including 25 percent who snack twice a day.

CareerBuilder also found that 28 percent of companies are working to avoid this, helping workers maintain healthier lifestyles by providing gym passes, workout facilities and wellness benefits.

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