5 Fattest Jobs for Men

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sure, your diet and exercise habits can contribute to your weight. But who knew that your job could, too? One survey conducted by the American Journal of Public Health showed that certain workers are more likely to be overweight or obese—and it varies by gender. Work-related factors—job type, position, overtime, work conditions, and job stress—could actually promote weight gain.

Ever-improving technology has replaced manual labor at many American jobs, making sedentary lifestyles commonplace. A whopping 60 percent of the population is overweight or obese, and occupations that require little or no movement certainly haven't helped. Here, the five fattest jobs for men.

Public administration (38 percent obese). This job includes more than just the elected officials; public administrators are anyone involved with government—whether it is at the local, state, or national level. Although the positions are important to keep our democracy humming, the job itself often involves sitting behind a desk and does not allow for a lot of movement outside of the office.
Private household occupations (37.7 percent obese). Telecommuting and working from home have been on the upswing due to exceedingly high gas prices. Those who work from home may be saving money on gas, but the truth is these jobs often involve little more than sitting in front of a computer screen. It probably doesn't help much that the fridge is no more than a few rooms away.
Motor vehicle operators (35.9 percent obese). They may help us get from point A to point B, but the fact remains, motor vehicle operators are stationary throughout their work day. In fact, one study of bus drivers in the Philadelphia area found that male bus drivers had higher body mass indexes (BMI) than the national average in all age demographics.
Computer equipment operators (33.1 percent obese). This should come as no surprise. If your job revolves around computer equipment, it also revolves around inactivity. What's more, a study conducted by Statistics Canada found that adults who spend over three hours a day sitting in front of a computer are more likely to be obese.
Health assessment/treating occupations (31.2 percent obese). The clean, sterile surroundings in which health assessment employees work give off the perception of a healthy environment. The truth is your MRI technicians, pharmacy aides, medical assistants, and lab analyzers aren't doing much as far as healthy movement goes. These positions require long, odd hours that can make evening or weekend workouts difficult.


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