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The 10 jobs with the most obese people

Christina Bruce|

Ever think that sitting at a desk all day is helping you pack on the pounds? Well, you’re probably right. But it’s not just office jobs that are fattening up the population. A Gallup study released has found some surprising occupations are in danger of having obese workers as well.

We like to think of it as an American phenomenon. But statistics show that us Canadians, well, we’re pretty fat too. According to Statistics Canada about 25% of the Canadian population is considered clinically obese. That’s about 1 in 4, which is better than the 1 in 3 in the found in the US, but that’s still not great.

So what are the most obese occupations around? Here are the top 10:

1) Transportation

2) Manufacturing or production

3) Installation or repair worker

4) Clerical or office

5) Managerial, executive or official

6) Service Worker

7) Nurse

8) Farming, fishing or forestry

9) Construction or mining

10) Sales

The list was formed using a list of behaviours that encouraged obesity—things like exercising regularly, eating healthy, as well as indicators like financial constraints and mental issues.

A few other interesting findings…..

Even though transportation had the most obese workers, clerical and office workers were found to be the least likely to exercise regularly.

Who were the least at risk? Unsurprisingly, this study found that physicians were the healthiest out of all occupations. (Not sure what happened with Nurses….)

Service workers were found to have the poorest eating habits, and this was linked to the financial struggle of affording healthy food. Sadly, we all know it’s true; the unhealthiest lunch choices are usually the cheapest.

Here’s the thing: overweight workers are not good for a business. Their health issues cost more money to treat, and studies have shown their productivity levels to be lower. Let’s face it: healthy, fit people are just better for business.

Want to know more? Here’s an infographic from Column Five for Keas. Of course, these are American statistics, but interesting none-the-less.

Category: Life At Work,
  • Miranda

    Way to go….give employers a reason to discriminate even more. The thinnest people I have worked with had consistently the worst attitudes, lowest levels of accuracy, most drug addictions and took tons of smoke breaks. The fatter the coworker the nicer they were to the customers. I would really like to read the study you referred to.