Burnout And Work Overload Lead To Unhealthy Habits And Weight Gain

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Burnout And Work Overload Lead To Unhealthy Habits And Weight Gain
Burnout And Work Overload Lead To Unhealthy Habits And Weight Gain
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Burnout and work overload lead to unhealthy habits and weight gain

Feeling overworked contributes to a variety of unhealthy habits that can lead to weight gain, according to a new study from the University of Georgia in the Journal of Health Psychology. The results show that work stress negatively affects the ability to choose the right strategies to maintain a healthy weight.

Burnout and work overload lead to unhealthy habits and weight gain
Burnout and work overload lead to unhealthy habits and weight gain

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Feeling overworked contributes to a variety of unhealthy habits that can lead to weight gain, according to a new study from the University of Georgia in the Journal of Health Psychology. The results show that work stress negatively affects the ability to choose the right strategies to maintain a healthy weight.

“There are so many things to do every day, and we have a certain amount of energy. When our energy is used up, we don't have the energy to make perfect decisions about what we eat,”said study lead author Heather Padilla.

Despite a growing number of workplace health and weight management programs, more than two-thirds of working adults are overweight or obese. Most programs focus on things like nutrition education, access to healthy food, or access to a gym. Weight loss activities are rarely, if ever, included in job requirements.

The research team wondered if stress at work can drain the mental and physical energy employees need to make changes in their diet or physical activity.

The study involved 1000 full-time men and women. They answered questions about work stress, exhaustion, or burnout. In addition, they were asked to report on their eating and exercise habits.

As scientists have found, exercise and burnout affect a person's diet and physical activity - due to overwork, there is not enough energy to make healthy choices.

It turned out that workers with higher workloads were more likely to eat emotionally, eat non-stop, and gravitate towards higher-fat foods. With burnout, they usually do the same, and at the same time exercise less.

The researchers were not shocked by the findings, but noted the need to understand how job demands affect obesity.

“We spend too many waking hours at work. These results make us wonder how our work influences our health and self-care behavior,”concluded Heather Padilla.

As we wrote earlier, WHO is the first to place "burnout" in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which will enter into force in 2022.

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