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How Is Profession and Obesity Related?

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

According to surveys obesity and
occupation are related!

Recent surveys indicate that there is a factual connection between obesity and one’s professional occupation. From being employed in the hospitality industry, to working at a factory or simply working in a cubical from 9-5, the profession you are working in certainly can have an impact on your health. According to these surveys over 39 percent of the workers in the US who are employed in the transportation sector and are older than 18, have a BMI greater than 32. The employees with the next highest BMI were the ones working in the packaging and manufacturing industries.

Apart from that, the professionals with the lowest obesity levels were undoubtedly athletes followed by physicians. Though nurses who work alongside physicians, had a completely different BMI range and fell more in the obese range. Moreover, when it came to the hospitality and catering business, most of the employees had full access to the lunch and breakfast buffets, and mostly couldn’t restrain themselves from making unhealthy food choices.

So before you sign up for a job or take up any profession, analyze the impact it can have your health and whether or not their lie better options and alternatives for you to explore.

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Monitoring Weight Loss Progress- BMI Vs Body Fat %

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Body fat percentage is a better indicator of your weight loss progress!

Body fat percentage is a better indicator of your
weight loss progress!

While you are on your weight loss journey it’s best to keep track of your results. There are two ways you can monitor your progress. Firstly you can calculate your BMI and secondly you can opt to measure your Body fat percentage. Both are not only used to keep a check of your weight loss developments but are also utilized to examine your fitness levels.

BMI takes into account an individual’s weight and their height. However, when it comes to Body fat percentage, it utilizes a person’s weight, height, age, waist measurement and the hip circumference. Hence, as advocated by countless fitness enthusiasts, body fat percentage gives one a far better idea of their progress as compared to BMI.

Unlike BMI reading, body fat percentage will give you a complete profile of your body composition which includes your muscle mass or lean body mass, fat mass and total water weight. Being aware of your muscle mass is crucial as during a weight loss program many individuals end up losing a lot of muscle instead of fat. Such a scenario will only make your skin sag and your body will no longer look toned.  Hence when you are on the track of losing weight, instead of checking your BMI reading, aim to measure your body fat percentage every month.

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