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Your Desk Job Is Making You fat, Study Confirms

MSNBC.COM - Sitting at your desk all day may be helping to add extra pounds around your waist, a new study suggests.

"People eat better and exercise more today than they did in the 1970s, yet obesity rates continue to rise," study researcher Carl-Étienne Juneau, of the University of Montreal, said in a statement. This seeming contradiction might be explained by changes in work habits, he said.

The study found adults took in fewer calories in 2004 than they did in 1972, and leisure-time physical activity rose over a similar time period.

But people have become less active at work over the last three decades, and this decreased activity may partly explain the rise in obesity, according to the researchers from the University of Montreal.

The promotion of physical activity has largely focused on leisure-time activities, the researchers wrote in their study, but the increase in leisure-time physical activity has not curbed the obesity epidemic. These findings may encourage people to turn their attention to other opportunities for physical activity, including their work time, they said.

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