Working Women More Likely to Put on Weight

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 13, 2012

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Working Women More Likely to Put on Weight

Working women are more likely to gain weight, suggests a recent report published in the International Journal of Obesity. The Australian research found out that women working more than 49 hours a week are more likely to gain weight than their part-time working counterparts or male colleagues.

Research panel examined more than 9,000 working personnel. It was found that those who worked for over 49 hours a week increased 1.9 per cent of their weight in a two-year span. On the other hand, part-time women workers had an average weight gain of 1.5 per cent.

Moreover, women working for more than 49 hours per week were more likely to smoke and consume alcohol. Also, 36 percent of women did not engage in any form of physical activity. Engagement in work reduces the time spent to exercise and sleep, contributing to the cause of obesity.

These findings suggest that working women should be spending more time to maintain a a healthy body weight. Researchers were of the opinion that workplaces should give workers time to exercise, to ensure their healthy being which will improve and increasing their productivity.


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