Researchers Prove Desk Jobs Are Making Us Fat

A recent study published in the online October 5th 2010 Journal of Preventative Medicine adds to the ever increasing evidence that sedentary professions and lifestyles are the major contributor to our nation's growing waistlines and obesity affiliated illnesses.

Researcher Carl-Etienne Juneau of the University of Montreal stated that "People eat better and exercise more today than they did in the 1970’s yet obesity rates continue to rise." Dr. Juneau believes that this historical contradiction can be explained by changes in work habits and work spaces.

The study measured caloric intake between 1972 and 2004 and leisure time physical activity during this time frame as well. Caloric intake decreased and physical activity actually increased. The area of contraindication exists within the work place where activity levels were shown to have dropped during the study period.

Study researchers concluded that a greater emphasis on movement during work hours would be a wise choice as echoed in a 2005 article published in the Journal of Science which found that obese individuals sit on average two hours more per day than height weight proportionate individuals.

Juneau and his colleagues used several Statistics Canada databases on the health of Canadians that included 17,000 to 132,000 respondents. He concluded that the lack of physical activity during office hours could explain the fact that obesity has increased 10 percent between 1978 and 2004.


A surprise findings was the increased healthy attitudes toward transportation. "As a result of urban sprawl we expected to see more car-dependent people," says Juneau. "Yet, both men and women increasingly adopted healthy behaviors such as walking and biking, which is definitely good news."