Job Stress Linked to Weight Gain Among Women

A study has shown that stress in the workplace is causally linked to weight gain among women. Researchers speculated that it may be related to the fact that women often take a leading role at home and this leads to little time for exercise.

High job stress can lead to weight gain in women | IOL

The findings, led by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden researchers, showed that long-term exposure to high job demands played a part only for women. In just over half of the women who had been subjected to high demands, a major increase in weight took place over the 20 years.

“We were able to see that high job demands played a part in women’s weight gain, while for men there was no association between high demands and weight gain,” said lead author Sofia Klingberg, a researcher at the varsity.

For the study, published in the journal International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, the team included 3,872 women and men who were investigated on three occasions over a 20-year period with respect to such variables as body weight and demands and control at work.