The obesity epidemic that plagues two-thirds of American’s can no longer be blamed solely on the leisure activities and eating habits of the overweight. It may be your job that is causing the weight to pack on. American’s are performing more sedentary jobs, which in turns causes the obesity rate to go up. Weight gain is based on calories in and calories out, but with work demands today most people spend most of their day staring at a computer; jobs are not as active as they used to be. 50 years ago, almost half of the jobs in the United States involved physical activity. Jobs like farming, mining, construction and manufacturing were prominent in the life of the average worker. Less than 20 percent are physically active in this day and age, with most of the workforce spending their days in retail, business and education fields.
Federal guidelines for fitness and physical activity suggest vigorous activity for 75 minutes or 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise in order to make up for the lost activity from sedentary work.