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Women Hunched over Desks for Long Gain Weight

Middle-aged working women who spend long hours hunched over their desks are more likely to gain greater weight, say Australian researchers. The study analyzed the impact of job status and the number of hours worked on the weight of middle-aged women and found those who worked in excess of 35 hours (in a week) were more likely to experience weight gain. The study found 55% of the women gained weight over the two-year period. On average the women gained 1.5% of their initial weight while extreme amounts of weight gain were also evident. Longer working hours attributed to the increase in weight gain with women spending less time maintaining their health. Extended work hours may reduce the time spent preparing home-cooked meals, exercising and sleeping which are risk factors for obesity. International Journal of Obesity July 2012