How being a travel agent, judge or lawyer is making you fatter than anybody else in the workforce
19:22 GMT, 8 June 2012
Travel agents, judges and lawyers are more likely to pack on the pounds than other workers, a new survey has found.
Researchers at Harris Interactive, a New York-based market research firm, found that all three professions were among the most common jobs held by employees who gain weight.
The survey also determined that 44per cent of workers have put on weight during the time they have been employed in their current job.
Danger: Travel agents, judges and lawyers have been found to be the most likely professions to cause weight gain. Social workers and teaches also make the list
More than 5,700 workers, who were aged 18 and over, from various professional industries were interviewed online by the company, who had been commissioned to do so by career website CareerBuilder.com.
Further unhealthy professions include social workers, teachers, artists, designers, architects, administrative assistants, physicians, police officers and fire fighters.
But the list does not stop there.
Those in PR and marketing roles as well as those working in IT are also said to be in danger.
CAREER FAIL: THE MOST UNHEALTHY PROFESSIONS
Travel AgentAttorney/JudgeSocial WorkerTeacherArtist/Designer/ArchitectAdministrative AssistantPhysicianProtective Services (Police, Firefighter)Marketing/Public Relations ProfessionalInformation Technology Professional
The survey also found that 26per cent
of workers have gained more than ten-pounds in their current role and
14per cent of those surveyed have gained more than 20-pounds.
Just 16per cent of workers said they have lost weight.
The survey took place between February 9 to March 2, 2012.
More than half of those surveyed, 54per cent, attributed their weight gain to the fact they sit at their desks most of the day.
56per cent stated that they eat their lunch at their desk also, which could serve as another contributing factor.
Workers who also claimed they ate because they were stressed totaled 37per cent while those who claimed they eat out regularly totaled 23per cent.
Just 19per cent said they had to skip meals because of time constraints while 18per cent blamed workplace celebrations such as potlucks and birthday parties, for their weight gain.
Surprisingly, just 16per cent of those surveyed said they were tempted by the office candy jar.
Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.com, said it is important for employees to tap into work resources such as gym discounts at local facilities, in order to keep the weight off.
'It's important to stay healthy and energized and potentially more productive,' she said.