Even if your organization encourages employees to quit smoking, participate in health assessments and have screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies, you might not be following the age-old Golden Rule of health care: First, do no harm.
A number of recent studies confirm that working makes people fat, especially if their jobs call for them to sit for long periods, skip meals or deal with stress.
Work-related weight gain is so prevalent, in fact, that scientists refer to the syndrome as “sitting disease.” Research shows that a sedentary workday—especially a long one—can lead to everything from aches and pains to high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer.
The problem, according to research reported in the American Journal of Physiology: Prolonged pressure on a body part that is in a resting position for too long causes it to produce more fat.
It’s a problem that’s getting worse. Americans sit longer and exercis...(register to read more)
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