8 Jobs That Will Make You Fat

man at computer eats pizza from takeout boxNothing speeds the day up like knowing your 3 p.m. M&M and chai latte break is coming. And despite those new-fangled standing and treadmill desks, most of us spend our days sitting on our butts, waiting for our 3 p.m. sugar-and-carb breaks.

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.)

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2. 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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just before I looked at the bank draft four $8305, I did not believe that...my... friend had been realie bringing in money in their spare time at their laptop.. there dads buddy started doing this 4 only 6 months and as of now repaid the loans on there apartment and bought Volkswagen Golf GTI. we looked here, Bow6.com

June 03 2013 at 1:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Rob Dinsmore

In My experience the weight gain does not come from sitting and consuming sugar, its the long hours, lousy food and not getting to the gym.

June 02 2013 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura Dew

Thank you for a thoughtful list. My sister is a thin RN, but she has been appalled by the amount of obese nurses she sees. I work two jobs in sales that require mostly standing, and all day I have to fight food temptations, i.e., delicious taffy at the trade center and stuffed chicken breasts at my favorite diner.

June 02 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you left out truck driving... hours on end without even getting up

June 01 2013 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

uhhm, what about law enforcement and correctional officers? I'm sorry but I don't see where people like teachers get off claiming they have the most stressful profession. They arent placed in life threatening situations every day and/or forced to babysit 400 inmates for an entire 8 hour shift IF you are lucky, since most of the time we have to pull doubles (16 hour shifts) atleast a couple times a week. The piss poor scheduling and stress leads to overeating/comfort eatting and eating on the go whatever is fastest and you can chug down, usually sugary sodas or energy drinks and crap foods.

June 01 2013 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about a minister whose members of his/her congregation is always pushing food in their face. They get offended if you don't "just taste" their food (usually horrible concocations)??? I believe in Nancy Regan's motto. Just Say NO!!!

June 01 2013 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im a production worker....but i stand on my feet for 8 hours a day....there are no sit down jobs in the shop i work for

June 01 2013 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad that we don't have these jobs in America anymore. People will be happy to hear that they will not get fat as all or most of these jobs have been sent overseas.

May 31 2013 at 7:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hman570's comment

Too much of anything will make you fat. With the exception of exercise, of course... People just don't move as much as they used to. They eat too much. They eat the wrong things. Extra weight happens with age because the body metabolism changes. Menopause can cause weight gain due to hormonal changes. It is the bane of people's existence.....getting fat and struggling not to. What a deal, eh?? AND in the end, we have the" experts" telling us what to do and not to do. LIKE WE DIDN"T ALREADY KNOW.?

June 01 2013 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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