Is Your Job Making You Fat?

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Over the past three decades, office workers have become increasingly lazy & more sedentary.

And according to the researchers at the Université de Montréal, this decreased activity may partly explain North America’s rise in obesity.

Their findings, published in Preventative Medicine,  may lead to changes in how big business does…business.

According to lead author Carl-Étienne Juneau, “people eat better and exercise more today than they did in the 1970’s, yet obesity rates continue to rise.

My hypothesis is that our professional life is linked to this seemingly contradictory phenomenon.”

The Research

Dr. Juneau analyzed Statistics Canada data on the health of adult Canadians from the 1970s until present.

He concluded that the lack of physical activity during office hours could explain the fact that obesity has increased 10 percent between 1978 and 2004.

To combat that inactivity, Juneau suggests that workers should seek to integrate sport, work and transportation throughout their entire day. For example, it may be more effective to exercise in smaller doses throughout the day rather than concentrate the effort.

For example, walking at break time and taking the stairs could have great benefits.

Juneau also believes that the promotion and marketing of exercise can be tweaked. “Exercise can’t just be an individual thing anymore – we must focus on groups”.

For instance, there are now tax credits for Canadian parents who register their child in a recognized physical education course. A similar program could be developed in the workplace for employees.”

Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

5 thoughts on “Is Your Job Making You Fat?

  • May 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I think that because I only sit a8 hours per day to work:(:(:(

  • October 14, 2010 at 10:06 am

    With a job and home business after hours, 2 hours of driving to and from work, and sitting at a computer all day….to say nothing of the parade of food that is brought into the office weekly from others….yes, my job is making me fat. :) I also agree that the key, at least for me, is those short spurts of 10 minutes of walking etc. as that is the only way that I can realistically excercise. Love the idea of group activities being set up through workplaces. It is an idea whose time has come.

  • October 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Here in Perth Western Australia, we have a special walk to work day where people are encouraged to walk to work rather than take the bus or car.

    Also, we have more cycle paths being built so it is easier and safer for people to cycle to work rather than take their cars.

    If you take your own meals to work such as a healthy salad then you are not tempted to go buy unhealthy snacks too.

    Just depends how motivated we are with staying healthy eh :-)

    Patricia Perth Australia

  • October 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Doug, I agree that this could be one of several factors which have lead to the increase in obesity. Comparing the U.S. to Europe, for example, people tend to walk far more during the day in Europe.

  • October 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Diabetes and Obesity is the direct result of food chemicals that have destroyed the gut(insulin) of the people.

    The Billionaire drug makers and FDA KNOW THIS and get rich off this disease.

    The diabetes drug makers took in 10 billion$$$$$$ combined in one year with no cure! While the drugs caused heart failure!

    A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes WITHOUT medications in now 10 countries worldwide but the drug companies do not promote this

    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET


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