Employees who spend extra hours in the office could be putting their wellbeing at risk, potentially leading organisations to consider their corporate health.
A study carried out by the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University showed that the more women work, the more likely they are to put on weight.
Results published in the International Journal of Obesity show females who work in excess of 49 hours a week gained an average of 1.9 per cent of their weight over two years.
This compares to those who work part-time and see an average weight gain of 1.5 per cent – or approximately one kilogram.
Research fellow Nicole Au said: "Working women are faced with so many different time pressures, which leaves them with less time to engage in physical activity and less time to prepare healthy meals."
Over the course of two years, the study showed that 55 per cent of women gained weight while 31 per cent shed some kilos.
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