Based on a recent study, work fatigue, working overtime, job demands and dissatisfaction in combining paid work and family life are associated with weight gain.
A recently published study is part of the ongoing Helsinki Health Study, carried out at the University of Helsinki, Department of Public Health. The study population consisted of 7000 women and 2000 men, aged 40-60y. All participants are employees of the City of Helsinki, therefore, it was possible to examine the associations between various working conditions and weight gain. Fourth of women and 19% of men reported that they had gained weight during the previous year.
The study revealed some risk groups, where weigh gain was more common than in other groups. Especially work fatigue was strongly associated with weight gain. Work fatigue measures pre-stage for burn out. Those who report work fatigue ‘feel totally worn out after a day at work’, ‘feel tired in the morning when they have to get up and go to work’, ‘have to work too hard’, ‘feel like totally exhausted’, ‘report that their work is definitely too stressful’, and ‘they worry about their work even when they are off duty’.
Working overtime was defined as working over 40 hours a week.
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