Over the last several decades, American workers have shifted from physically active manufacturing jobs to more office-based, sedentary ones. Since the 1950s, there has been a 60% reduction in the percentage of individuals who have occupations that require moderate to intense physical activity, explains Nico Pronk, vice president for health management at HealthPartners.
"Because we sit more today than we did 50 years ago, the total reduction in energy expenditure is about 100 calories per day," Pronk says. This contributes to significant proportional increases in weight gain among today's workers, adds Pronk, who is also the Health Science Officer at HealthPartners.
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