CINCINNATI - Do you have a long commute in the car, only to get to work and sit at a desk all day? Do you work an overnight shift when the only dinner options are fast food?
Without proper exercise and healthy eating, your job could be helping you pack on the pounds.
According to results from a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, people who worked in transportation, manufacturing and repair industries were more likely to be obese.
Obesity was defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, of over 30.
The healthiest jobs? Doctors were found to have the lowest level of obesity, with teachers, business owners and other professionals joining them at the bottom of the list.
To measure Americans' health, Gallup and Healthways also developed the "Well-Being 5," the "five essential elements of well-being."
Those five are:
- Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
- Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
Regarding total well-being, Ohio ranks around the bottom -- at 44th -- among states. But the Canton-Massillon area actually performed better among cities, appearing in the top 20% percentile. Meanwhile, the Cleveland and Akron metro areas ranked 129th and 130th respectively among cities.
That was still ahead of Cincinnati, Youngstown and Dayton. See the full results by clicking here.
The results were originally released in May 2013. In analyzing behavioral and emotional factors, the survey used data collected from January 2012 to September 2012 and was based on phone interviews with more than 139,000 American workers.