Study: Extra Work Equals Extra Weight

Researchers find middle-aged women whose workweek exceeds 35 hours put on pounds

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Sorry, working women, but putting in overtime isn’t doing you any favors in the way of weight loss.

Grab us a candy bar from the vending machine.

The AFP international news service reports that a recent study out of Australia has found that middle-aged female workers clocking in more than 35 hours a week put on weight over a two-year period. And the overachievers who toiled away for more than 49 hours a week? Well, they win the office prize for biggest weight gain, putting on an average of 1.9 percent of their body weight, according to the service.

On second thought, make that a pack of sugar-free gum.

“Extended work hours may reduce the time spent preparing home-cooked meals, exercising and sleeping, which are risk factors for obesity,” lead researcher Nicole Au says in a press release reported by AFP.

OK, who’s up for a lunchtime power walk?

Click here to read the full story.

Click here to read another fascinating news story.

Don’t miss out on MORE great articles like this one. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter!

Share Your Thoughts!

Comments

Post new comment

Click to add a comment