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Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the swimsuit season. It's a natural time for people to take a look in the mirror and assess the damage done by a long, harsh winter. According to a recent CareerBuilder study, the reflections haven't been all that satisfying—particularly for people in IT careers.
IT workers lead the pack—in gaining weight
The CareerBuilder report indicated that over half of the U.S. workforce (55 percent, to be exact) believe they're overweight, with 39 percent saying they gained weight over the past year at their current job. Information technology was the top industry for this trend, with 50 percent of IT pros admitting they'd packed on some pounds. Other notable insights included:
Battle of the bulge
Long working hours, high levels of stress and the ready availability of some tasty snacks: It's a recipe for disaster, at least for your waistline. Reporting on the survey, CIO Insight noted that many employees don't exercise frequently, if at all. Workers also admitted that they dine out too frequently and find excuses to avoid moving around. For example, they might choose the elevator instead of taking the stairs.
Whether or not you're worried about looking good on the beach, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned with physical fitness. Staying in shape has a number of health benefits, which can also affect your job performance and reduce absenteeism. Your weight could also impact how people perceive and treat you in the workplace, the CareerBuilder study found. Almost 20 percent of employees said they believed people who were thin and fit were shown more favoritism on the job. While this shouldn't be the case, it's certainly something to keep in mind.
What you can do to shed the pounds
It can be hard to stay in shape when you're also balancing a demanding IT job and trying to keep up with your social life. However, there are a few things you can do: