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


0  Updated at 3:12 am, June 7th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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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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