But for most of us, exercising and eating right is something we have to squeeze in between the crazy hours at work. And those hours are just getting crazier: full-time workers in the US now average about 47 hours per week (that’s 45 “extra” days worked per year).
The average worker now burns 100 fewer calories per day on the job than we did just 50 years ago—an automatic weight gain of more than 10 pounds a year!
But it’s not just the hours of work that are doing us in, it’s the work itself. Since 1950 the number of sedentary jobs in the US has increased 83 percent. As a result, the average worker now burns 100 fewer calories per day on the job than we did just 50 years ago—an automatic weight gain of more than 10 pounds a year!
The more you sit at work, the more you’ll weigh. And the more stress you feel at work, the more likely you are to be sedentary in other parts of your life. (More sitting!) When researchers at the University of Rochester detailed how chronic work stress leads to weight gain, they found a simple answer: stress at work leads to unhealthy behaviors like more sitting and watching TV and less exercise. So when a recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine revealed what jobs were most likely to lead to being overweight—or not—we sat up and took notice. They varied slightly between men and women, but these emerged as the careers that are most likely to foster a flat belly:
The Top Flat-Belly Jobs
Flat-Belly Job #3: Scientist
Maybe it’s because they see all the bad stuff that goes into our food, or maybe it’s because the X-Men movies are more realistic than they look, but scientific researchers come in at number 3 on our list of the leanest occupations. Eureka!
Flat-Belly Job #2: Sales Representative
Whether on the sales floor or hustling from meeting to meeting, sales reps are on their feet all day long. What’s bad for the ankles is good for the abs.
Flat-Belly Job #1: Attorney
Lawyers, judges and other courtroom workers have the lowest rate of obesity of all occupations. Apparently, throwing the book at someone burns a lot of calories.