Sedentary Jobs Worsen US Obesity Epidemic
New research indicates that sedentary jobs are exacerbating the obesity epidemic in the US. Americans are burning about 130 fewer calories each day compared to 50 years ago. They are taking in more calories than burning them.
The research was recently published online in the journal PLoS ONE. About 66% of US adults are categorized as obese or overweight. And, sedentary jobs are playing an important role in spreading obesity.
Fifty years back, 50% of private jobs involved physical activities in fields such as manufacturing, construction, mining and farming. Today, this percentage is less than 20, as service jobs have become popular in business, education and retail.
Federal guidelines advise that people should involve themselves in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. However, only 25% of Americans perform this recommended amount of exercise.
Health experts are encouraging people to involve in more physical activity. At the office, you can take the stairs instead of the lift. Take breaks to stroll and go out for a walk during lunchtime. And, join a gym or yoga class to break free from the grip of obesity.