This may not feel like a time of plenty. But many U.S. workers' waistlines are expanding through the weak economy, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com.
The poll found that 44% of workers said they had gained weight in their current jobs, with many saying stress was a contributing factor. In 2009, 43% of workers reported putting on pounds. Twenty-eight percent of employees said they had gained more than 10 pounds, and 12% said it was more than 20 pounds.
The survey, conducted online between Feb. 10 and March 2, polled roughly 4,800 Americans who were at least 18 years old and employed full time at a non-government job.
"Especially in this economy, it is easier to pick up unhealthy eating habits in the office as workers spend more time on heavier workloads and less time on themselves," Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder, said in a statement.