CareerBuilder Survey: Workplace Is Making Us Fat


Asheville, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - According to a study conducted by, the current pressures of the workplace is contributing to making employees fat. Of the workers that CareerBuilder surveyed, 44 percent said that they have packed on some pounds in their current jobs. In fact, 28 percent of workers have gained more than 10 pounds and 12 percent have gained more than 20 pounds. 

According to the survey respondents, the weight gain can be attributed to several factors—including the economy, stress, eating out regularly, sitting at a desk all day, and celebrating birthdays. In addition, a worker's gender may play a role in workplace weight gain. Of the women surveyed by CareerBuilder, 50 percent said that they have gained weight in their current jobs—compared to 39 percent of men who admitted to tipping the scales.

The survey was conducted from February 10 through March 2 among more than 4,800 workers.

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Preston Diamond is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, based in Asheville, NC. It trains, tests and certifies select insurance professionals to alert employers about the hidden costs and overcharges in the Workers' Compensation insurance system. He can be contacted at 828-274-0959 or,

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