Stressful jobs could be increasing your waistline. Are you getting fat on the job? reports Candice Jackson

Your job could be sabotaging your health and fitness goals and making you fat, with high stress or sedentary desk jobs linked to weight gain.

A recent study by CareerBuilders found more than half of high stress or desk job workers consider themselves fat or overweight, with 41 percent having gained weight at their present job. Wesley LifeShape Clinic manager and dietician Nicola Moore recommends eating a healthy lunch with a solid vegetable or salad base and healthy snacks such as fruit, grainy crackers, air-popped popcorn, nuts, low fat yoghurt or cheese and meal replacement shakes or bars.

“Dehydration has been linked to the afternoon slump, so make sure you keep a bottle of water on your desk and sip it throughout the day to stay hydrated,” says Moore. Moore also suggests aiming for exercise at work by standing every 20 minutes, walking to the water cooler or colleagues instead of calling and tracking your activity using a pedometer.

“If you’re way off your daily steps, head out on a 10-minute walk in your lunch break,” she says. Moore suggests staying on track at dinner time by measuring portions and avoid snacking.

What do you do to stay healthy while at work? Do you wish you had more time to exercise? Let us know!