Chicago (IL) - American IT workers have horrible eating habits and a new survey shows that most of them gain weight. Careerbuilder.com polled 7700 workers from Feb 11 to March 13 and found that 34 percent said they gained more than 10 pounds while 17% went all out and gained 20 pounds while working in the field.
Of course eating habits had a huge impact on this and 38% said they ate out at least twice a week with co-workers. Sadly, 11% said they buy their lunch from vending machines at least once a week.
I used to work at NetZero (remember those guys) during the height of the Dot-Com Boom and trust me I know what these guys are going through. We had vending machines stocked to the brim with chips, cookies and soda. Everything was free, so all you had to do was punch a bunch of buttons and your horribly unhealthy lunch would appear.
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To fight this the government should offer grants and tax right offs to build a gym or offer gym discounts to their choice of the local gym.
It's not the job it's the lazy people blaming the job.
Fortunately my next apartment complex is going to have a gym and I'm going to force myself to use the thing, if only so I can also use the pool without being embarassed.
I do recall some law put before the (Canadian) government a few years ago that would have allowed all expenses related to fitness to be written off of your taxes. That would be a great start.
i started college in 1998 at 135 pounds, 29" waist...i went into the tech industry and got up to 245 wearing 44"s...in jan of 2006 (height of my weight) i started boxing to get back into shape...now i hover around 160 pounds 32"'s...i walk everywhere but i dont work out anymore...i do have to tell myself to stop eating...its not hard...
That might save me, LOL!