10.18.2010

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

There are many causes for the obesity epidemic, but recent research points to the modern work day as one reason for expanding waistlines. According to a new study published in the early online edition of Preventive Medicine, office-workers have become less active over the last three decades and this decreased activity may partly explain the rise in obesity.

So how do we change this tide? Researchers suggest that to combat the inactivity and rise in obesity it would be best to integrate sport, work and transportation. For example, exercising in smaller bouts throughout the day rather than concentrating the effort into one long workout before or after work. Things like walking at break time and taking the stairs could have great benefits, researchers say.