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IT Workers Are Getting Fatter

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the wide-boys dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 366

buzzardsbay writes "While technologies such as virtualization, multi-threading, and blade servers have made the data center leaner, those who work there are getting... well... not leaner. According to a new study by CareerBuilder.com, 34 percent of IT workers say they have gained more than ten pounds in their current jobs. And 16 percent say they've gained at least twice that. The culprits seem to be the stressful-yet-sedentary nature of tech work coupled with our famously poor eating habits. According to the survey, some 41 percent of IT workers eat out for lunch twice or more per week, making portion and calorie control difficult. Eleven percent buy their lunch out of a vending machine at least once a week."

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Not just IT workers (5, Funny)

Lord Grey (463613) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486884)

From TFA:

... IT workers [in the United States] can take heart in another CareerBuilder finding: They are less chubby than financial services and government workers. Fifty-three percent of financial workers said they have gained weight at their current jobs, while the number for government workers is 52 percent.

I guess if you're a sysadmin for the Internal Revenue Service then you're really screwed.

Re:Not just IT workers (4, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486908)

I guess if you're a sysadmin for the Internal Revenue Service then you're really screwed.
No, you're just fat. All those people who call you "tubby"? THEY are screwed. FEAR root@irs.gov!

Re:Not just IT workers (1)

urcreepyneighbor (1171755) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486944)

I guess if you're a sysadmin for the Internal Revenue Service then you're really screwed.
Yeah, but I'm sure there's the health benefit (ie, less stress) of knowing you'll never be audited! :)

Re:Not just IT workers (2, Insightful)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487180)

You've got that backwards, it's knowing who will be audited that provides the stress relief.

"No, i think my vacation and sick days *are* going to carry over. Or do I need to have my former boss, aka inmate #4458721, explain what the phrase 'clickety click' means?"

Re:Not just IT workers (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487642)

Jokes aside, I spoke with someone who used to do government work for the IRS (he worked in Treasury but not directly for the IRS) and one of their people got audited, because they had to conduct large financial transactions for the government under their name (depositing large sums of cash from the feds into govt accounts, which triggered a FTR and required the depositor's information). Long story short, the IRS was auditing the government's money.

Eating out (2)

paulmer2003 (922657) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486916)

Nothing wrong with eating out (besides the financial hit). Just don't go to fastfood :)

Re:Eating out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487020)

yes, that one bothered me - how does eating out make it hard to control portion size?
You're not _forced_ to eat everything on your plate.

If you don't have any willpower, you're going to be fat no matter where you eat.

Re:Eating out (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487136)

OR you could move about occasionally at work. I know that I don't *have* to sit and stare at my happy little green on black terminal all day- though I sometimes do. Little stuff like kicking your legs (Pretend that someone cares, you are alone in that dark room and you know it) can help lots. I personally have a set of 15lb dumbbells under the desk. Good for passing time, or threatening that damned mail room guy who vehemently claims that I slow down his machines on purpose. Despite his nice habit of subconsciously closing out ads as they open.

Anger in the workplace has done nothing but good for my health. Sitting there shaking in rage at the Pointy-hairs burns calories like no other! The same can be said about the ten minutes of heart pounding after I am 'surprise' visited by my uppers.

Sometimes I wish that I had a bowflex down here just to toy with them. Make them think that I actually DO have time to work out. Even better would be the questions as to how it GOT there in the first place. Piece by piece, just like I learned from MASH.

Oh, and working out. Moving around. Sex. Eat whatever you want, just move about some more to compensate!

Re:Eating out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487200)

Sweet Jesus mod this parent up. It's the most funny shit I've read on /. in a long while.

Re:Eating out (1)

edalytical (671270) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487420)

There's nothing wrong with fast food. In fact it can be pretty economical -- you DON'T have to order the triple patty meal with the large fries and the giant drink. One to two items from the dollar or less menu and a water, it's all you really need.

Re:Eating out (5, Insightful)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487702)

Eating out at work can have other benefits too.. such as escaping the office environment for some mental recovery. Complaining about the bureaucracy with co-workers can be very therapeutic. ;)

Re:Eating out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487708)

Nothing wrong with eating out


Most food served in restaurants is very high in fat and calories. And, no, I don't mean just in fast food; I mean in the majority of restaurants of all types.

If you make your own meals using decent ingredients, chances are you will be taking in far far fewer calories.

Only PC is getting fat... (5, Funny)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486932)

...Mac is still skinny. He better watch out; PC may get peckish, and eat him.

Re:Only PC is getting fat... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487260)

Wouldn't be the first time. A while back, Windows XP got really hungry on his way to the store and he ate the resident hobo, Windows ME. He got really sick afterwards, went into a coma, and once he woke up, he ran away and changed his name. We now call him Windows Vista.

So what do we do about it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23486938)

Diet pills? (BZP or TFMPP based), nagging software that locks the keyboard and tells you to job around the cubicle? Dance-dance-revolution at work? some kind of carbon-credits economy but based on fat-loss that ties into World of Warcraft? Do like the Chinese do and have exercise as part of your job, for an hour, several days a week?

Basically if it's for your health then employers should get involved. Everyone can say that the employees should get off their arse and do it but clearly they're not, so someone will have to parent them on how to live. It's no big deal, it's just how some people are, and we should help them get exercise.

Maybe if they went vegan they wouldn't be so fat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23486940)

n/t

Re:Maybe if they went vegan they wouldn't be so fa (5, Funny)

nbowman (799612) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487124)

because if the food sucks, you are less likely to overeat?

Re:Maybe if they went vegan they wouldn't be so fa (0, Offtopic)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487588)

Guess that would make Linux a bodybuilder. He can eat whatever he wants and still kick both Mac and PCs asses.

Re:Maybe if they went vegan they wouldn't be so fa (3, Informative)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487382)

I'm a vegetarian.

I used to weigh about 250 pounds. My current weight is about 180. The majority of the weight I lost was when I was an omnivore. It wasn't a wholesale change in my diet, it was a vast increase in exercise.

I have gained about 10 pounds since I left my last job, but that's because my old job was a 25 minute bike ride away and I'd walk around at lunch.

My new job is a 10 minute drive (I take the kids to daycare now) and I don't really have anywhere to walk to.

Get out more (4, Interesting)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486948)

IT jobs like to hand you infinite snacks these days, there's a load of chips and such in the break room. Company culture tends to gravitate towards dubbing a measure of weight gain "The ACME Corp 20" or such nonsense, to which newbies gain some 20 pounds or so and then start limiting snack room visits.

Me, I use the stairs to get to floor 5. I have leg weights. I was in a martial arts class but a shift change took that off my plate, damn. Need to get back to the dojo. Diet? Exercise? Screw that, my entertainment and normal transportation (that is, without elevators) keeps me from being a fat ass.

Re:Get out more (5, Insightful)

j0nb0y (107699) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487014)

I don't think most IT workers have seen infinite snacks since the dot com days... These days you're lucky to get free coffee.

Re:Get out more (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487192)

As I've been job searching recently, there are more places offering free snacks than there were 8 months ago.

Re:Get out more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487372)

It must be the dot com 2.0

Re:Get out more (1)

oatworm (969674) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487378)

Free coffee? My work won't even give me chicory root to satisfy my stimulant needs. Fortunately, ephedra-rich Mormon Tea grows natively here, so, if I ever pick some weeds out of my yard, I can run off that...

Re:Get out more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487456)

I don't want to name names, since there are so few in the industry, but there was a nuclear power plant who recently placed a dead-serious piece of analysis on the effects of free company coffee in one of their safety reports to the regulators. A photocopy of the page is currently circulating Meatspace and is probably on the Internet already.

Re:Get out more (1)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487058)

HAHA, I agree too. I take the stairs, but I am only on the 2nd floor and I park far away to at almost the opposite end of the parking lot. I have to debunk this article though. I am IT guy and I have lost erm 150LB total loss is my goal, but I still have 30 more, almost 150LBS...from 300. i think I am doing good =D about 2-3mo and I should be at my goal.

Re:Get out more (1)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487732)

Congrats on almost reaching your goal. I need to lose some myself. My target weight is about 230 (I have a lot of muscle and a large frame).

Shameless plug (0)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487190)

It's a little late for this (because I missed the /. coding munchies poll) but I gotta shoutout to Jelly Belly [jellybelly-uk.com] beans as a work snack because the assorted bag keeps you eating the beans one by one. They also don't leave residue on your fingers and are fat free with 4 calories and 1 gram carbs per bean. They have tasty flavors like tabasco, buttered popcorn, hawwiian punch etc. They're certified kosher and don't contain gluten. Great way to enjoy mindless, repetitive tasks.

And exercise. Get plenty of it on your offtime.

Re:Get out more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487212)

The company I work for *used* to have tons of snacks and drinks. Then, the CEO's wife noticed a few people in the company putting on some weight. She complained to him none stop until all the treats were removed.

Heres the kicker. When they order food now, they don't order drinks for everyone. They actually expect everyone to drink water.

So, instead of walking in to the kitchen area to grab a quick snack while on a grind. I need to leave work and walk a distance. I now just wasted 20 minutes.

If you are health conscious, that is great and all. But, leave me the fuck out of it. My weight gain is my own responsibility.

Re:Get out more (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487306)

Having pizza day abolished was bad enough, and to add insult to injury, donut Saturdays became BAGEL Saturdays. Not even a choice.

Maybe there's some kind of insurance kickback for the corporations which implement those little bullshit "health" programs.

Even more? (2, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486950)

What next? to have their own gravity field too?

Re:Even more? (5, Insightful)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487078)

Um, hate to break this to you, but everyone already has a gravity field.

Getting more massive would indeed make that gravity field more intense.

Re:Even more? (3, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487464)

Um, hate to break this to you, but everyone already has a gravity field.

Not me, I'm made of photons.

Re:Even more? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487704)

I know a lot of IT workers that have a equal or greater repulsive mystery force that counteracts their gravity.

Meeting with food... (5, Interesting)

martin_b1sh0p (673005) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486970)

I didn't RTFA, but one thing to mention is a lot of companies these days have lots of food just laying around.

Where I work there is always a meeting with food somewhere in the building, and they always order more than they can eat. So of course as soon as the meeting is over, everyone goes and gets the leftovers. Next thing you know, you've had two lunches, two cookies and a bunch of soda you don't need.

It was the same at the last two companies I worked for and I asked a few friends and it's the same where they work.

Re:Meeting with food... (2, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487436)

So of course as soon as the meeting is over, everyone goes and gets the leftovers. Next thing you know, you've had two lunches, two cookies and a bunch of soda you don't need.
That means your stomach is about 1 lunch, one cookie, and a bunch of sodas too big.

If you're willing to put up with a period of gnawing hunger pains, your stomach will shrink to match the volume of food you should be eating.

The most important thing is not to diet.
The path to success is through progressive and sustainable changes in your eating habits.

I see the difference at all-you-can-eat wing night.
I eat about half the wings I used to.

I gained weight because I quit smoking... (1)

lauterm (655930) | more than 5 years ago | (#23486972)

I've been riding my bike to work to help turn the tide, but my main problem is just that food tastes so good! I'm sure the high stress and weird hours that many IT workers endure don't help either.

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (5, Interesting)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487148)

weird hours

This is actually probably a major part of IT weight gain. I was going to the gym and working out (actually working out, not standing around watching everyone else work out) for a long time, and my weight and my pants size just kept creeping up. Went to the doctor because I figured something must be wrong, and long story short, the problem was getting home at 8-9pm, making dinner, eating dinner, and going to bed. Doc told me to take my dinner to work and eat it at 6pm every day.

In the past 5 months since I got that advice, I've lost almost 40 pounds, putting me at the lowest weight I've been since sometime in the middle of college. Can't say it's made my life great (food is so boring now, since I pretty much have to make the entire week's dinner on Sunday, by Friday dinner is just depressing, and I have to spend the weekend to figure out what dish I'll hate next week...) but I'm sure I'm healthier for it.

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (1)

maxinuruguay (1149501) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487320)

You got fatter because you ate more calories than you burned per day. When you ate the calories was/is irrelevant. Here's the video addressing your myth. http://www.bodyperformancetv.com/steve_tv/video.php?id=1069 [bodyperformancetv.com]

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (1)

a_nonamiss (743253) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487416)

Dude, I want to believe you in the worst way. Seriously. My wife pulls that "You can't eat ice cream. It's 9:00!" all the time. However, do you have any supporting evidence other than "Steve TV?" Doesn't really carry much weight. (No pun intended)

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (4, Informative)

a_nonamiss (743253) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487440)

Never mind. For anyone interested, look here [intelihealth.com] and here [nih.gov] . Both seem to be pretty reputable sources.

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487528)

ate more calories than you burned per day.

And here's the rebuttal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation_of_mass [wikipedia.org]

Sorry, I think the laws of physics trump whatever you and your "body performance" website wants everyone to believe. Calories are not a measure of mass, if I eat one kg of sugar I will not gain a single gram more than 1 kg, the difference being how much of it I shit and/or piss out (or sweat, or respire [the mass of CO2 out being more than O2 in]). Or put it this way: How many calories does the calcium in your bones have? How many of them came from fat?

As for the grandparent, it worked for him. Or maybe he just eats less since he's not waiting until the middle of the night to have dinner? Why, that sounds exactly like the advice in your little movie!

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (2, Insightful)

Khashishi (775369) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487566)

When you eat the calories affects the number of calories you burn. You don't burn many calories when you sleep.

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487562)

Can't say it's made my life great (food is so boring now, since I pretty much have to make the entire week's dinner on Sunday, by Friday dinner is just depressing, and I have to spend the weekend to figure out what dish I'll hate next week...) but I'm sure I'm healthier for it.
If you have the freetime on Sunday, do meal prep.

The hardest part of cooking is preparing the ingredients.
Take care of that and you've done 80% of the work.

Prep Thurs-Fri's dinner & toss it all in tupperware.
On Wednesday, pull it out & cook it.

A pressure cooker and/or a Foreman grill will speed up a lot of stuff you might do in the oven.

Re:I gained weight because I quit smoking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487670)

I got a blendtec blender (will it blend? vids), search google for "green smoothies". I try to do one of those a day (or twice). and I got a Breville juicer and I make a big glass of organic green veggie juice. Between all of that I get most of my meal/calories and it's mostly raw fruits and veggies. I've also heard don't eat after 9pm and I try to get my stuff done and finish eating by 7 although sometimes that slips until 8pm...

I also looked for exercise stuff I can do when I feel good that I don't have to go to a gym to do, and stuff like park farther out and walk a little more, use stairs, etc. Body resistance, you can do a lot without any weights, especially if you're an out of shape nerd. My work stocks a ton of snacks, chips etc and I see and often smell how unhealthy and out of shape my co workers are.

I'm definitely not perfect by any means, but I'm way ahead of them, better mood, better energy, not as fat, still need to exercise more, and someday maybe give up the coffee/espresso but I haven't made it that far. I observe it around me, so I think the article is roughly true. Nobody is gonna do it for you, if you care about yourself you'll take some time to google and learn a few things about health and spend a little time to improve it.

One suggestion I heard was just do 1 pushup a day. That's it, you can do just 1 right?

And the point of that is not the amount of exercise, but the thought towards it and the routine of doing it every day... and down the line somewhere you'll do more than just 1... and build on the habit and eventually improve your health.

inverse of moores law (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23486992)

Perhaps its the biological inverse of Moores law.

you want power? well, you get power, fatty.

Vain health story (1)

daemonburrito (1026186) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487004)

This is a big reason I can't stand television news, and here it is on /. And the source? A CareerBuilder study?! WTF?

And, anecdotally, at least in Austin (where we have a nice park system), the IT set seems pretty fit. Bicycles, kung fu, wii, etc...

Hmmm. (1)

untouchable (615727) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487028)

I've actually managed to lose weight at my current job. Of course, I had to make it a focus point. I planned my meal for the whole day so I know what I could or couldn't eat. I barely keep any food in my house, expect for the food stuff I needed to make said meals with. And I still eat out a lot. Definitely a lot more than I did even in college. I just make sure that it fits into my food 'budget'. It's doable to lose weight, even in IT, it just requires some small changes to your habits and a little bit of will.

If you work from home (4, Insightful)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487032)

Try some Ankle Weights [amazon.com]. Adding just 10 lbs extra to your weight you have to carry around burns calories and adds muscle tone. If you do not have a place you can walk to from your home, a coffee place, bar or the like...find one even if you have to drive to it. Walking around a museum or city park is still walking and you might find a new friend or more. An art museum in my town costs about 50 bucks a year for a year long membership, the natural history museum is almost 150 bucks and the parks are always free.

I've lost 40 pounds (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487070)

It's pretty simple. I take the train to work. The train station is about 1.5 miles from where I work, which I walk, rain, snow, or shine. Then, I come home and lift weights 3-4 times a week. It's a bit gone to hell since I'm in the process of moving, but I might actually add a body building section to my Linux blog. Just because we like the Penguin, doesn't mean you have to be built like one!

Actually (3, Funny)

dunezone (899268) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487074)

My friend started working IT at the local hospital about 3 months ago. Just moved into his new house.
This was the contents of his fridge and pantry:

Bologna
Beer
Hot dogs
Chocolate Syrup (three of these)
Two cartons of ice cream (only two, yet three chocolate syrup bottles)
Three Jack's frozen pizzas
Four containers of butter, and one box of sticked butter.
Bucket of fried chicken
Two pizzas from some pizza joint
The Pantry:
No bread just hot dog buns
Three containers of peanut butter
At least a pound to a pound a half of sugar
I'm missing a few items, but its all about time. He just didn't have enough time to think about what hes eating. Hes on call most of the time and instead of buying healthier solutions he chose quickly made and heavily preserved foods.

Re:Actually (1)

Torvaun (1040898) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487268)

For me it's that it's so easy to run through a fast food place on the way out to or back from clients. I finally ended up suborning a cupboard and hauling in a mini-fridge, saves money and time.

Re:Actually (1)

edalytical (671270) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487458)

If he's a coffee drinker that would explain the sugar. If, like me, he has his own espresso machine then that would explain the three chocolate syrup bottles -- homemade mochas.

Re:Actually (1)

madbawa (929673) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487476)

Quickly made?? What can be quicker than fruits? Just stack apples/oranges/bananas, etc. and munch on them whenever required. Healthy, no preservatives and very quick.

Re:Actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487478)

"He just didn't have enough time to think about what hes eating."

Congrats, you've won the Total Bullshit Award for Tuesday, 20th May 2008.

You can pass it on to your friend, or take it home for yourself.

More than just IT (4, Insightful)

Midnight Warrior (32619) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487088)

Never attribute this kind of stuff to your job unless other factors can be ruled out also. Lots of people without access to free snacks/pop put on weight starting about the age 25. For many, getting married seems to add a the pouch and love handles. Also, about age 25, you aren't as hyper as you were when you were 21, and so you are less anxious to run around. When I was 18-25, and in college, I ate like crap, out of vending machines and a quick pizza for lunch. Lots of un-diet sodas. I was still skinny as a rail. When I turned 25 and got married, then I started putting on weight.

Even with eating better, it still doesn't help because my activity levels are far lower than they were when I was younger.

IT and lights out management have nothing to do with it.

Re:More than just IT (1)

pha7boy (1242512) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487364)

yeah. It's metabolism as well as lifestyle. For me it was turning 30, the the principle is the same. You slow down, you gain weight.

The problem with "studies" like that is that there is no control taken to insure data reliability. Do people who work for, say, Google with their catered lunch/dinner cafeteria healthfood gain as much weight? Less? More? Is there a difference between large companies vs small start-ups?

the fact remains that our (and I mean western society in general, and Western hemisphere in particular) are getting fatter at an alarming rate. And I would attribute most of that to lifestyle and diet - TV/Games/Carbs makes for a very fat ass.

Re:More than just IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487390)

It's activity level. I put on weight from the time I was 30, peaking at +20% of my 30 year old weight. Then I started to cycle to work 3 days a week (30km/day) and within 3 months was back to my 30 year old weight. I made no other changes to my lifestyle or eating habits.

Re:More than just IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487730)

Like most guys I was toothpick thin until I was around 30. My doctor warmed me I would put on weight and I scoffed at the idea. By 57 I had mangage to weight 248 pounds at 6'. Not a pretty sight; not a pretty gut.
No matter what I ate, I never lost much or if any weight. Then somebody taught me baskball which I had always wanted to learn, And I started playing at least 2 to 3 times a week and I lost 50 pounds. Now down to 195. Gut is gone. Feeling great. And would like to be 175-185. Can pretty much eat whatever I want but I am somewhat careful. Running around a basketball court is an awesome way to lose weight. Great Sport.

Suckers (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487104)

I'm still only 30 and my metabolism hasn't slowed down yet.

Given the other studies I see about less computer graduates, that would indicate an aging workforce.

So we have people who have been sitting in uncomfortable office chairs for 20 years writing code, eating Cheez Its or Doritos or jujubees or whatever and drinking copious quantities of caffeinated and often sugary beverages. Is it really surprising that on average they might have a couple extra pounds?

How many professions don't get fatter? (4, Insightful)

quantaman (517394) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487126)

I have a hunch this isn't so much a function of IT specifically but of the fact that as people get older, they tend to put on weight. The article even indicated that this wasn't just an IT issue.

"But, hey, no matter the culprits, IT workers can take heart in another CareerBuilder finding: They are less chubby than financial services and government workers. Fifty-three percent of financial workers said they have gained weight at their current jobs, while the number for government workers is 52 percent."

I actually draw a different conclusion from the article, the fact that 34% of IT professionals have gained 10+ lbs in their current profession means they've been in that profession a few years (generally you don't gain that weight overnight).

I don't know about financial workers but this hypothesis is backed up by the growth of government workers who don't change jobs a lot.

I telecommute and yes I'm guilty .... (1)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487132)

It is definitely harder to keep the pounds off in my graying years. Depression has led to alcohol and more pounds. Not sure what to do at this point ...

Re:I telecommute and yes I'm guilty .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487410)

I'm not trying to have a go at you, but don't you find it odd that you can rationalize that you're depressed, causing you to abuse alcohol and thus gain weight from empty calories... but you're not sure how to fix it?

Solo (2, Funny)

Straterra (1045994) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487154)

(insert fat, deep laugh) Just because I'm unafraid of thermal detonators, collaborate with bounty hunters, have a small rat-like thingy, gammorean guards and a passion for live, frozen wall ornaments does NOT make me fat!


PS, Where's my money Solo?

Funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487176)

Is being fat really funny?

One very workable solution... (4, Funny)

heretic108 (454817) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487186)

...would be to have a treadmill or cross-trainer in every cubicle. The harder the worker exercises, the higher the priority his/her processes are given.

"Hey, Joe, you're covered in sweat!"

"Yeah, I know, those KDE apps take ages to compile!"

Re:One very workable solution... (1)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487698)

...would be to have a treadmill or cross-trainer in every cubicle. The harder the worker exercises, the higher the priority his/her processes are given. "Hey, Joe, you're covered in sweat!" "Yeah, I know, those KDE apps take ages to compile!"
I've heard of the rat race, but the hamster race is just a bit too much for me. (Switches to farming potatoes.)

And this means? (4, Insightful)

troll -1 (956834) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487220)

I don't see any mention of a control group or comparison to other occupations.

Maybe 34% of all people gain 10 pounds anyway regardless of their profession or even whether or not they're employed. A lot of people gain weight over time irrespective. What phenomena is being described here?

If you want to lose some fat (2, Interesting)

steveha (103154) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487240)

The Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle [burnthefat.com] program has worked for me. I wrote a long summary of it a while back, and I'll just link it:

http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=226411&cid=18343433 [slashdot.org]

steveha

Re:If you want to lose some fat (3, Insightful)

Mean Variance (913229) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487582)

The Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle [burnthefat.com] program has worked for me.

Those style websites like that one or this [fireyourpoolguy.com] with the large screaming letters, so-called testimonials, and long, long single page have all the class and allure of a used car salesman in a plaid blazer.

TorChat : Now with file sharing! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487368)

TorChat : Now with file sharing!

Fuck Bittorrent, it's not encrypted, but Torchat is, and it now has the feature of file sharing!

http://code.google.com/p/torchat/ [google.com]

Give it a try, and enjoy your encrypted file transfers!

"IT Workers Are Getting Fatter" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487404)

Is that even possible?

Weight = not everything (1)

Piranhaa (672441) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487414)

You can't simply say that someone '10 lbs heavier' is worse off than before.. Sure it's probably a good bet (in this sector), but what if more and more are now going to the gym and gaining muscle mass instead? In my current role in IT, I've managed to put on 15lbs, but lean out.. You can't judge someone simply by their weight necessarily is all I'm trying to say

Easy fix! (1)

damista (1020989) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487422)

Don't work. Just sit around and read /. or similar sites. Then you are not an "IT not-worker" and you're not affected :)

Just lucky (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487446)

I'm about 130 pounds (59kg), 5 foot 9 inches (175cm).

Other than daily walking just getting places, which equals maybe a mile, I don't exercise. I don't eat terribly well either. Barely sleep. Stress, got that too. I think weight has far more to do with genetics than anything you put in your body or do with it, although some lifestyles are worse than others. Sitting at computer all day is never going to make me 200+ pounds but maybe I'm not as fit as I could be if my job required me to be more active.

Portions not controllable?? (1)

negated (981743) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487472)

According to the survey, some 41 percent of IT workers eat out for lunch twice or more per week, making portion and calorie control difficult.


Maybe I'm missing something, but exactly how is portion control difficult if you're the one eating the portions? The food doesn't just get in your stomach magically...someone has to eat it (and continue to eat it past the point of too large a portion!).

-S

The REAL Source Of The Extra 10 lbs..... (1)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487474)

"According to a new study by CareerBuilder.com, 34 percent of IT workers say they have gained more than ten pounds in their current jobs. And 16 percent say they've gained at least twice that. The culprits seem to be the stressful-yet-sedentary nature of tech work coupled with our famously poor eating habits."

-I think that extra 10 lbs is upper-arm muscle, thanks to a few hi-def pix of Capt. Janeway and Seven-Of-Nine.

Sue the company (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487498)

I'm an overweight American IT worker so now that this study is out I'll try to sue my company for making me fat.

hell I didnt need a study to tell me that (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487560)

A quick look at my office and the fact only 4 out of 11 people are at a healthy weight with 1 well over 300 pounds could have told me we are a bunch of fat asses.

Real Reason (1)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487568)

The culprits seem to be the stressful-yet-sedentary nature of tech work coupled with our famously poor eating habits.
I'm a lazy bastard who'd rather sleep in in the mornings and chill out at the end of the day than go to the gym.

Stressful-yet-sedentary: I could exercise in the other sixteen hours of the day. I just don't.

Poor eating habits: I eat out a lot but they have this cool thing called "salad" now. It's like a complex collection of cellulose based food stuffs. If you have them put the CH3(CH2)nCOOH (they call this "dressing") on the side and only add enough for taste, it's surprisingly good for you.

Yep, at the end of the day, I'm a lazy bastard who eats because I revel in it. Not as good a headline as "IT jobs are to blame" but way more honest.

On the positive side, I can slap one side of my gut and pretend it's a newton's cradle... which I'm sure you'll agree is pretty cool.

Re:Real Reason (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487644)

16 hours in the day? clearly you don't know what a fucking stressful work environment is if you think they have a spare 16 hours in the day to exercise.

come to think of it you probably don't even have a job do you? probably some wet behind the ears high school kid attempting to have a conversation with the adults ?

A good war will thin them down (1)

burnitdown (1076427) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487630)

Too much desk work, doing boring pointless projects, dulls the soul. Hours of marching to meet a foe in battle who outnumbers you, facing certain death with a chance to dispense death... that drops those pounds like nothing else!

Been there done that (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487664)

Join a gym.

Start running or cycling (no, walking isn't enough.)

Most of all, learn about proper nutrition. Being in shape is 60% nutrition, 30% exercise, and 10% genetics.
There's many good sources of information. Reading Men's Health may be a good start, or find some good books on the subject.

Schedule a couple of hours per week. It's not hard.

Better than the Big 4... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487680)

Hm. I've lost 20lbs in 9 months at my tech job, despite eating out every day for lunch, and smoking plenty of weed.

Sure I'm stressed out and extremely busy. But it gives me an incentive to get out on my bike, bike to work as relaxation/stress relief, hit the gym more, and so on. It also helps that the job is vastly better than the Big4 shithole I came from (I swear those places are cults).

If you value getting in shape, you will. If you don't, you won't. If you have the all-too-common tech worker attitude of blaming everything on others and pissing and moaning about being paid only 100k to sit in an air conditioned building all day, well, guess what will happen when you start putting on weight? Yup, you'll blame it on everyone but yourself.

Three words (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23487706)

Bicycle to work.

In other news... (1)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 5 years ago | (#23487718)

...wives are also getting fatter. Scientists have attributed this swelling to an unexplained allergic reaction to gold and diamonds.
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