Navigation Links
Sedentary Jobs Helping to Drive Obesity Epidemic
Date:5/26/2011

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans sit -- literally -- in more sedentary jobs, they're packing on the pounds, and it's this inertia that's a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, new research suggests.

Staring at the computer for hours rather than hoeing the fields means Americans are burning 120 to 140 fewer calories a day than they did 50 years ago.

So promoting any kind of physical activity needs to have an even greater emphasis in this war on weight, according to a study in the May 25 online edition of the journal PLoS ONE.

"It's all about calories in and calories out, and we're putting more calories in than we're taking out," said Dr. Robert Graham, a primary care physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

A tilt towards calories in has resulted in two-thirds of U.S. adults now being overweight or obese.

Although both eating habits and exercise have been studied in relation to the obesity epidemic, these researchers, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., said much of the blame for the extra poundage has been placed on calorie intake.

That's because the amount of leisure-time physical activity hasn't really changed over the years.

But what about the physical demands of work, where so many people spend most of their waking hours?

These researchers cross-referenced U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the prevalence of different jobs with a large national database that includes information on body weight.

Fifty years ago, about half of private-industry jobs in the United States involved some kind of physical activity, things such as farming, mining, construction and manufacturing. Today, that number is less than 20 percent, thanks to the dominance of jobs in retail, education and business.

The authors estimated that 100 fewer calories going out every day would result in a weight gain in line with what the U.S. population has seen since 1960.

Yet, if Americans were following federal guidelines for physical activity (150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of more vigorous activity), those extra calories would have been evened out.

Only one in four Americans is doing the recommended level of exercise, the authors stated.

"We need to encourage physical activity even more, especially given that we sit more during the day than we did 100 years ago," said Keri Gans, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and author of The Small Change Diet.

"The demands of everyday life are competing with exercise," Graham added. "We just have to make time for it."

Gans recommends that people move at work even if they have what amounts to a desk job. That could mean taking the stairs when you can, walking over to a co-worker's desk when you can and going for a walk at lunchtime. And if your company happens to have a gym or exercise program, by all means, partake.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on how to get moving.

SOURCES: Keri M. Gans, R.D., spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association, and author, The Small Change Diet; Robert Graham, M.D., primary care physician, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; May 25, 2011, PLoS ONE, online


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Teenagers are more sedentary on weekends
2. Being Young and Sedentary Raises Hypertension Risk Later
3. New UTHealth trial aimed at helping pregnant women stop smoking
4. Wii key to helping kids balance
5. U. of Colorado study shows acupressure effective in helping to treat traumatic brain injury
6. Helping Fellow Addicts Can Help Maintain Sobriety
7. Helping others helps alcoholics stay on the road to recovery, Case Western Reserve shows
8. FSU researchers helping electric-wheelchair users move more easily
9. School-based program effective in helping adolescents
10. States Urged to Fill Gap in Helping Smokers Quit
11. Haiti: United Nations Gets a Helping Hand from American Idol Viewers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Sedentary Jobs Helping to Drive Obesity Epidemic
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... ... to address a patient’s condition before it worsens will ultimately lower the cost of healthcare—and ... right thing, at the right time, at the right dose with the right patient … ... FAAFP, from Group Practice Forum. “Even if the cost of the treatment might be a ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... , ... LunchSkins is changing the future of ocean plastic pollution ... away plastic baggies. The mission-driven bags give back to global leaders in the fight ... mission is all about reducing global plastic waste and we’ve teamed up with ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Dave Newberry, broker/owner of ... Care Center (PICC) annual fundraiser luncheon on Friday, May 20. “We have raised ... smallest victims of drug abuse,” said Newberry. , PICC is a local Kent, WA, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT ... and take action when necessary, including suspending and terminating certifications issued to Complete ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... It has just ... the keynote speaker for five events throughout the month of May. , Uldrich is ... of national news outlets. He also frequently appears on the Science Channel’s FutureScape and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2016)... , May 2, 2016 ... reach USD 11.1 billion by 2024, according to ... Inc. Major drivers of the sonography market include ... and government recommendations for periodic ultrasound screenings of ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ) High ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 ... Directeur Financier Sanofi, leader ... publie ses résultats pour le premier ... Groupe, Jérôme Contamine, commente les résultats ... les perspectives pour le reste de ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... NEW YORK , April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... will notably complement the company,s valve repair and ... the move also places Abbott more firmly into ... one of the fastest growing device areas, with ... to its recent report,  Advanced Remote Patient ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: