More U.S. workers losing weight at work: Survey

Reduced stress may be contributing factor
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/16/2011

More workers in the United States are slimming down at work, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.

Eighteen per cent of the 5,600 survey respondents said they've lost weight in their current jobs, compared to 16 per cent last year.

Less stressful work environments may be contributing to workers' weight loss, as nearly one-quarter (24 per cent) of respondents said stress has contributed to their weight gain, down from 32 per cent last year.

However, 43 per cent of respondents said they gained weight in their current jobs, in line with findings from the past two years, according to CareerBuilder.

Factors that contribute to weight gain in the office, according to survey respondents, include:

•sitting at a desk most of the day (36 per cent)

•eating out regularly (16 per cent)

•skipping meals because of time constraints (13 per cent)

•workplace celebrations such as potlucks and birthdays (12 per cent).

"While many employees still struggle to lose weight, it's encouraging to see that more workers are embracing healthier habits at the office," said Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "Most organizations are mindful of the higher costs, both to their bottom line and to their workers' overall quality of life, that are associated with unhealthy behaviours. As a result, many workplaces are taking a more proactive role in their staff's well-being by implementing programs and benefits that promote wellness."

To help workers maintain healthier lifestyles, 28 per cent of organizations provide gym passes, workout facilities or wellness benefits, according to CareerBuilder.

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