Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Is your job making you fat?

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Most Americans spend their working hours either sitting behind a desk or standing on an assembly line. As a result of this lack of activity, many U.S employees are gaining weight. More than just packing on a few extra pounds, weight gain can contribute to diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and a plethora of other medical problems.

As stated in the article "Workplace eating habits can pack on the pounds," Americans are quickly gaining weight.
People are getting heavier in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, 65 percent of Americans age 20 or older are overweight or obese, with an estimated 30 percent of adults 20 and older falling into the obese category - that's more than 60 million people.

Fortunately, there are ways to combat employee weight gain. Madelyn Fernstrom, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Weight Management Center suggests putting down the cookie and picking up a carrot to start. Making a point to get up and walk around is also a good idea. Fernstrom suggests plunking down the $15 or $20 for a pedometer, which measures how many steps you take. Aim for 10,000 a day.

Instead of e-mailing or calling your colleague down the hall, get up, go to their office. And every hour or so, walk a loop around your office floor. Skip the elevator and take the stairs.

Other suggestions are balancing your food intake, bringing lunch from home, and get accustomed to low-fat snacks. If you must have something sweet, try a piece of fruit-flavored gum or a hard candy.

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