When brokenness exists at all three levels in the workplace—the industry, the community, and the individual—where can we find hope?
A paper released in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported findings from a survey conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2010. Data were analyzed to identify work conditions associated with obesity.
Work-related factors that were significantly associated with obesity include: working more than 40 hours/week, working in a hostile work environment, and job insecurity. Interesting, obesity and work-family imbalance were not significantly associated.
Among industries, obesity was most common in public administration. The healthcare and social assistance industries also had a high prevalence of obesity. Specific job titles that were significantly prone to obesity include: protective service workers (the highest prevalence), architects and engineers, community and social service workers, and office and support staff.
The study authors conclude:
"Public health professionals and employers should consider workplace interventions aimed at reducing obesity that take organization-level factors, such as scheduling and prevention of workplace hostility, into account along with individual-level health behaviors such as diet and exercise."
Read the full paper, “Prevalence of Obesity Among U.S. Workers and Associations with Occupational Factors” by Sara E. Luckhaupt, et al, here.
Read a review of Overwhelmed by Jennifer Howard at the Washington Post.