The exhaustion caused by overwork induces employees to adopt among other things bad eating habits that lead to weight gain.
A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology revealed a strong link between these two factors: “We have so many things coming at us every day, and we only have so much energy,” said lead author Heather Padilla.
“When our energy gets used up, we don’t have the energy to make ideal decisions about what we eat,” she added, according to the University of Georgia (UGA).
Padilla, who is a faculty member and researcher in the Occupational Health Group at UGA’s School of Public Health, studied the effects of stress on workers, along with her team.
After analyzing the eating and working habits of a group of 1,000 workers, they concluded that those with the highest workloads tended to choose their food with ’emotional’ criteria.
This way of eating induced them to eat continuously and preferably high-fat foods.
The study stresses that workplace weight loss programs and weight control programs should integrate assessments of workload and burnout for participants.
A person is described as overweight or obese if they are over what is considered a normal height-adjusted weight.
Statistics from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicate that more than 2 out of 3 adults were overweight or obese, and more than 1 out of 3 adults were obese.
The study’s recommendations suggest adopting strategies to alleviate burnout from overwork.
In practice, it is important to get enough sleep.
Poor sleep can lead to the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, anxiety, and obesity.
Taking regular holidays would also help alleviate the symptoms of exhaustion.
The fundamental premise is to place health above all else, according to Natural News.