8 Jobs That Will Make You Fat
No wonder, then, that 41 percent of workers say they've gained weight at their current jobs, according to a CareerBuilder survey, released Thursday. The poll of 3,600 full-time workers, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 30 percent of those folks had piled on more than 20 pounds. But certain professions have a much higher rate of weight gain.
Here are the eight jobs most likely to make you fat:
1. Administrative Assistant (69 percent)
Decades ago, administrative assistants used to be known as secretaries, and a svelte physique was a job qualification, as was a tolerance for sexual harassment. Those days are joyfully over, but the strain of being desk-bound and doing paperwork is not. (Forget just weight gain, sedentary computer work is destroying your body in all kinds of ways.) Engineer (56 percent)
Software engineers famously love their Mountain Dew, but apparently all kinds of engineers fuel their number-crunching with cheap calories.
3. Teacher (51 percent)
Teachers frequently appear on lists of the "most stressful professions." After all, they have to manage classrooms full of students, each of whom have different needs and problems and levels of respect for authority. They have to always play role model, get little downtime through the day, take stacks of work home in the evening, and aren't compensated too much for it all. Stress correlates with bad eating habits; bad eating habits correlate with one's waistline.
4. Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant (51 percent)
Nurse practitioners are constantly dealing with the sick and injured, and caring for the minutiae of patients' care plans. They must console grieving families, and in most states diagnose and treat patients, opening themselves up to the possibility of malpractice lawsuits. Add to this the weekends and nightshifts that they often have to work, and you might want to eat a Clif Bar or 12.
5. IT Manager/Network Administrator (51 percent)
You know that feeling, after you've spent 10 hours staring at a screen, when your body feels like a strange otherwordly thing, deadweight in the hyperreality of cyperspace? No? Well IT managing doesn't require a lot of physical activity, and I'll leave it at that.
6. Attorney/Judge/Legal Professional (48 percent)
Those in the law profession have to read reams and reams and reams of text. Not the kind of text that you can scan while jogging on the treadmill, but the kind of text that takes hours to study, highlight, and annotate. Reading that much is good for the mind, but not so hot for the body.
7. Machine Operator/Assembly/Production Worker (45 percent)
At most desk jobs, you're sitting still a whole lot. But you can stretch when you feel like it, and stroll the 15 feet to a co-worker's desk and 30 feet to a conference room. If you're a machine operator or assembly worker, impromptu wanderings aren't OK. Sitting still for set stretches is a job requirement.
8. Scientist, Biological/Physical/Social (39 percent)
Imagine spending two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars of funding on a research project that turns up zilch. Imagine getting rejected for publication and potentially losing your job. Scientist may not be the most stressful job in the world, but the stresses can be brutal.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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