Survey reveals people most likely to gain weight at work

(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(WTNH) – Perhaps it’s a case of one too many trips to the vending machine. A national survey released Thursday found that more than half of American workers consider themselves overweight.

The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder, polled 3,022 full-time, private sector workers ages 18 and over. It found that more than 55% of U.S. workers categorize themselves as overweight.

The highest percentages of those who said they’ve packed on pounds on the job came in the fields of information technology (50%), government (48%), financial services (46%), health care (42%), and professional and business services (42%).

Of the 39% who reported gaining weight at their current job, 21% said they’ve tacked on more than 10 pounds and 9% said they’ve added more than 20.

Only 16% said they’ve actually lost weight on the job and 45% said their weight has not fluctuated, the survey reported.

Other findings:

Women reported gaining weight on the job more than men, 46% to 33%.

People in management over those in non-management roles, 44% to 38%.

Workers ages 35 and up over employees 34 and younger, 40% to 36%.

And 44% of workers in the West said they’ve gotten heavier at their current gig, the highest of the four regions.

CareerBuilder offers some tips on staying fit at work. Read them here.

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