Is Your Job Making You Fat? These Jobs Have The Highest, And Lowest, Obesity Rates

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Is your job making you fat? The Wall Street Journal released a graphic based on the American Journal of Preventative Medicine’s 2014 report on the prevalence of obesity in various careers and it’s not quite what you would expect.


I’m sure there’s a doughnut or mall cop joke in there somewhere, but isn’t it somewhat disconcerting that the people tasked with protecting our streets and our lives are by far the fattest group in the country? The same goes with social workers, home health aids, and massage therapists – all people who are supposed to have an interest in someone else’s quality of life. Finally, how are architects supposed to fit into their uniform of skinny jeans and slim fit GQ blazers with those high BMIs?

Luckily, it looks like there is hope for underemployed postgrads yet. Janitors, maid, landscapers, bartenders, and servers are some of the skinniest, along with medical workers, and people you see on television. The lowest? Economists, scientists, and psychologists, which is a rather odd grouping but fits the scarecrow-esque figure these professionals stereotypically have.

One of the worst parts of getting older is the extra effort it takes to stay in shape. Somehow, sitting in a faux-leather chair behind a desk for nine hours a day is worse for your waistline than eating pizza and drinking beer five days a week in college was. Still, if you pick the right path, you might not end up with type-2 diabetes after all.

[via WSJ]

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