You can add working behind a desk to the constantly growing list of reasons why Americans are overweight. A recent study says that a lack of physical activity in the workplace over the last five decades has led to a record obesity rate in the United States.
The reason why is actually fairly clear to see. Less than 20 percent of today’s jobs in private industry require a moderate level of physical exertion.
This is compared to 50 percent in 1960. Sitting behind a desk means burning fewer calories, which lends itself to employees being overweight.
The study states that a typical private industry worker now burns nearly 150 fewer calories per day, equal to 15 pounds each year.
Of course, there are ways to counter this by doing things like walking down the stairs instead of taking the elevator and eating lower-calorie meals while at work.