Working long hours riskier for women

20-07-2006

Working long hours poses a greater health risk for female employees than for male ones, a new study has found.

Women who work long hours are more likely to eat high fat and high sugar snacks, exercise less, drink more caffeine and, if smokers, to smoke more.

Conversely, working long hours does not have a negative effect on the eating or exercise habits of male workers, the study from the Economic and Social Research Council revealed.

Working long hours did, however, lead to lower levels of alcohol consumption in both male and female workers.

The findings were part of a larger study conducted by Leeds University into the effects of stress on eating.

Stressful work situations, such as having an argument with a colleague, giving a presentation, or having a meeting with the boss led people to consume more between meals, but fewer portions of vegetables and fruit.

Those most at risk from snacking under stress were dubbed 'emotional eaters', turning to food as a way to avoid negative feelings, the report found.



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