A CareerBuilder survey finds 57% of U.S. workers feel they are overweight, up from 55% in 2014.
Additionally, 42% of workers say they’ve gained weight in their present job, up from 39% last year. Twenty-two percent reported gaining more than 10 pounds, while 16% of workers say they’ve lost weight.
When asked what they felt contributed to their weight gain at their current job, 37% of workers said “eating because of stress,” and 43% said they are “too tired from work to exercise.” Sedentary behavior, however, is seen as the leading culprit, in workers’ minds. Fifty-six percent said “sitting at the desk most of the day” contributed to the weight gain at their present job.
More than one in four workers surveyed (27%) have access to employer sponsored wellness benefits, including onsite workout facilities and gym passes, but 63% of this group does not take advantage of them.
Among workers who have lost weight at their current job and who are offered a wellness program and/or gym benefits, 45% said they use them. However, only one-third (34%) of those who have gained weight at their current job reported using these benefits. More than half (52%) of those who have lost weight said they exercise three or more times a week, compared to 37% who have gained weight.In addition, 51% of workers who reported losing weight at their current jobs say they eat lunch at their desks, while two-thirds (67%) of those who reported losing weight do.
Workers in desk or office-based jobs are more likely to report gaining weight at their present job:
- Professional & Business Services – 51%;
- IT – 48%;
- Financial Services – 45%;
- Health Care – 45%;
- Sales – 41%;
- Leisure & Hospitality – 39%;
- Manufacturing – 39%; and
- Retail – 35%.
The survey also found:
- Women (46%) are more likely to report gaining weight at their present jobs than men (38%);
- Workers in management roles (43%) are almost equally likely as workers in non-management roles (42%) to report weight gains at their present jobs;
- Workers in the middle of their careers appear more prone to weight gain than younger or mature workers: Forty-five percent of workers ages 35 to 54 reported gaining weight at their present job, compared to 38% of workers ages 18 to 34 and 39% of workers age 55 or older.
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 3,105 workers ages 18 and older (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between February 11 and March 6, 2015.
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