Physically incapable of passing up free cake in the staff kitchen? You’re not alone. According to a new study, almost a third of workers believe their job has caused them to gain weight.
UK site CV-Library surveyed 1,200 employees to explore the link between career, health and happiness. Of those who admitted to packing on the pounds in their current position, almost 76 percent agreed that it had negatively affected their mental state.
The main culprits? Sitting all day (50.1 percent), having little time to exercise (40.8 percent) and mindless snacking (40.3 percent).
“Weight gain at work is understandable, particularly if you sit at a desk all day and struggle to fit in going to the gym or taking part in exercise after work,” explained CV-Library’s managing director Lee Biggins.
“Living a healthy lifestyle can sometimes feel like a job in itself, so it’s unsurprising to see that work has an impact on the eating at exercise habits of many of the nation’s professionals.”
“That said, it’s worrying to learn that such a high percentage are unhappy as a result.”
He suggests that employers implement programs to encourage their workers to make healthy choices.
“Walk or cycle to work schemes are always a great way to help staff fit in exercise around their working day,” he said.
“What’s more, inexpensive perks like healthy snacks and team lunches or discounted gym memberships are positive ways to encourage your staff to look after themselves.”
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.