Now that you have a job, it is much easier to find money to pay the bills and save some for the future. But having money to buy most of the things you need also has its drawbacks. Add to that the lack of time to exercise because you’re always busy making money. Perhaps it’s time to ask yourself if your job is making you fat.

How many hours do you spend on your desk?
The most common cause for weight gain at work is lack of physical activity for days at a time. Most employees sit at their desks for hours, and that’s not healthy at all. You should take occasional breaks to stretch or walk around the office, although that’s not to encourage you to slack off.

How long do you need to commute?
Most employees start their day by traveling to the office, sitting for most of the eight hours at their desk, then spending some more time getting home. That means more time for sitting. Various studies have shown, however, that those who commute burn off more fat than those who drive to work. Walking and biking are also much healthier.

How do you spend your weekend and free time?
Check how you’re spending your free time and weekends away from work. Enjoying life is just as important as earning money for food and bills. Lack of physical activities and hobbies can cause more stress and therefore lead to various health problems. You should also check how your co-workers’ eating habits are affecting you. You may find yourself obligated to go on unhealthy lunches, parties, drinking and late night-outs. You shouldn’t avoid these completely, but you should also make an effort to say no occasionally.

Does your job trigger stress?
Stress can do things to your appetite, that is why some people turn to eating (or not eating) to compensate for the high levels of stress hormones that are wreaking havoc in the body. If you’re the type of employee who also needs to take home the job, your stress level is also much higher and will cause restless sleep that the body might compensate by making you feel hungrier. Employees in overnight shifts also tend to have more health problems that daytime employees, although the body will eventually adjust to the new schedule.

Does your food contain more calories?
Most fast-food are much more affordable than the fare sold at healthy restaurants, not to mention they’re also more accessible. For those who no longer have enough time to prepare a healthy meal, takeouts from the nearest fast-food chain are the most practical, but unhealthy option.

Does your company have wellness programs?
Not only should a good company be able to provide health incentives for its employees, but it is also partly responsible for keeping the personnel healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. One way of providing a way to de-stress is to set up wellness programs. However, only large companies are willing to invest in activities that they feel won’t bring in more profit.