Working overtime may be the reason for expanding waistlines after a new study found that those who stayed late at work, especially women, were more likely to pile on excess weight.
More than 9,200 female employees between 45 to 50 years of age were observed by researchers at Monash University for over a period of two years. The researchers found that more than half of the women gained weight during the period with the average weight gain being 1.5 percent of a participant's weight at the start of the study.
Majority of those who gained weight worked for more than 35 hours a week while those who worked for nearly 50 hours a week likely to experience other health problems as they were more prone to indulge in drinking alcohol or smoking.
"Working women are faced with so many different time pressures, which leaves them with less time to engage in physical activity and less time to prepare healthy meals", lead researcher Nicole Au said.