Are Jobs to Blame for the Obesity Epidemic?

A number of things have been cited in the increasing number of Americans who are obese: fast food, lack of sleep, sugar, stress ... the list goes on and on. But one new study is pointing the blame squarely on one thing: our jobs.

According to the May 27 issues of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, only 6.5 percent of American adults meet the guidelines for physical activity while on the job. Then another study published in the May 25 issue of the journal PLoS ONE confirmed the trend, finding that only 20 percent of Americans work in a job that requires moderate physical activity. In fact, the second study found that workers today burn 140 fewer calories each day than we did back in 1960. In the 1960s, 50 percent of the workforce were employed in jobs that required moderate physical activity.

While this research probably isn't a big surprise because so many of us sit in front of a computer all day working, it's certainly a huge shift in how Americans spend our days - and yet another important factor to look at when trying to reverse the obesity trend.

So how can you make your sedentary job a little more active? Always take the stairs, walk to meet a coworker instead of calling her and try this lunch-break workout!

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites and A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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