10 Most Obese Professions: Our Jobs May Be Making Us Fat

Medical issues aside, it has become pretty clear that maintaining a healthy weight involves healthy eating and exercise. There is another element however, that may be contributing to our weight issues and you may be surprised to find out what it is.

Your profession may be making you obese. And surprisingly enough, the jobs involved aren’t just food service or restaurant industry careers, where employees are surrounded by greasy, unhealthy foods on a daily basis.

Obese professions

According to a 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the top 10 occupations ranked by obesity are the following:

  1.  1)  Transportation
  2.  2)  Manufacturing or production
  3.  3)  Installation or repair worker
  4.  4)  Clerical or office
  5.  5)  Managerial, executive or official
  6.  6)  Service Worker
  7.  7)  Nurse
  8.  8)  Farming, fishing or forestry
  9.  9)  Construction or mining
  10. 10)  Sales

When looking at these results, it’s easy to pick out the professions where there is less physical activity. In the Transportation field, 36.4% are obese. Professions such as these don't usually provide much opportunity for physical activity while driving a bus. But even career fields that we often assume require a great deal of physical activity such as nurse (25.2%) or farming (24.7%) still rate pretty high in obesity.

Other factors used in calculating obesity rates in the Gallup analysis of 139,000 American workers ranged from behavioral and emotional factors, to whether or not the employee had health insurance or visited the dentist annually (with construction and mining workers being the least likely). All of these factors were determined to be linked to obesity in U.S. workers.

Physicians and business owners scored the best in the 3 major predictors of obesity – access to safe places to exercise, ability to afford food, and depression. Service workers scored the worst in affording food, and depression and also tie with farmers as the worst professions for having safe places to exercise.

The professions with the highest rates of obesity also rate highest in stress, job dissatisfaction, and inadequate healthcare benefits. It may be a good time for these professions to evaluate the costs of obesity and the overall well-being of employees.

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1 Comment

  1. 1 Rocky Hames 15 May
    Hey I am a truck driver that hauls freight on a flatbed as a profession but your right on the transportation side of things.I believe there should be a weight limit on someone who drives a truck for a living and I believe the max weight should be based like it is in the military by height and also they should make it mandatory to at least go to the gym and workout at least 30 to 45 minutes a day and work on different groups and still be able to perform their jobs to the fullest ability but we do not see that happening because none of them drivers care I mean the biggest truck driver I seen so far was at least 350 to 400 lbs and it was sad to see that but I asked him if he works out or anything his excuse was does not have time for it but I believe that it should be madatory to go to them gym at least 30 to 45 minutes a day because I see them out there not taking care of themselves but there only a few that actually does workout at the gym but that is just a few and congrats to them but the rest is sad to see it but please if there is a way to make a law to where you have to under a certain weight please make it happen because you will be surprised how sad it is to see most truck drivers are out of shape I myself just started to get back into shape when I seen my weight was 197lbs and I felt really uncomfortable with it and I told myself if I am going to be that weight I want to be at least lean muscle and not Disney's movie called flubber please may someone get a law into affect that you have to be at least 110 and max 200 to be a truck driver because they are way to many that a really to big for the industry. Thank you and please see to the concerning request.


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