Poll: Most prefer no job to being obese

May 1, 2006

The majority of U.S. men and women polled for Fitness magazine say they would prefer to be unemployed to being substantially overweight.

The 1,007 people surveyed were asked which would be worse -- being 75 pounds overweight or jobless, USA Today reported. By gender, 58 percent of women and 54 percent of men said they would rather have no job than to have to lose that much weight.

"They think they can find a job much easier than the commitment it takes to lose weight, which means giving up food, which people love, and moving more, which many people don't love," said Liz Vaccariello, executive editor of Fitness.

Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian in New York said it would take more than a year to lose that much weight in a healthy way.

"People would rather pick up the want ads than pick up extra pounds," she said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: New field of application for versatile helper

Related Stories

New field of application for versatile helper

October 13, 2015

In Alzheimer's disease proteins clump together to long fibrils causing the death of nerve cells. Small heat shock proteins can counteract this effect. Scientists, therefore, hope to deploy them as agents in the treatment ...

Hopes for Obama's wave of green jobs fades to gray

November 10, 2010

President Barack Obama has put the government's weight and dollars behind a push for green jobs, but in the US heartland there are doubts his drive can revive manufacturing's glory days.

Low fat or low carb? Which is the better way to lose weight?

February 25, 2011

A low-fat diet will help you lose weight. Or is it a low-carbohydrate diet? Pore over decades of research and dozens of studies over this debate and you're likely to be confused about the best way to go about reducing your ...

Apple shares fall 2 pct with Jobs on medical leave

January 18, 2011

(AP) -- Shares of Apple Inc. fell modestly Tuesday following the company's disclosure that Steve Jobs, the CEO who transformed the niche computer maker into the most-envied consumer-electronics brand today, is taking another ...

Caution: Lose more than weight with imported diet pills

January 26, 2009

Americans who use illegal diet pills from South America are taking amphetamines without knowing it and seriously risking both their health and their jobs. Physicians need to be made aware of the range of serious side effects ...

The World-Changer: Steve Jobs knew what we wanted

October 6, 2011

(AP) -- In dark suit and bowtie, he is a computing-era carnival barker - eyebrows bouncing, hands gesturing, smile seductive and coy and a bit annoying. It's as if he's on his first date with an entire generation of consumers. ...

Recommended for you

CERN collides heavy nuclei at new record high energy

November 25, 2015

The world's most powerful accelerator, the 27 km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) operating at CERN in Geneva established collisions between lead nuclei, this morning, at the highest energies ever. The LHC has been colliding ...

Study suggests fish can experience 'emotional fever'

November 25, 2015

(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.K. and Spain has found via lab study that at least one type of fish is capable of experiencing 'emotional fever,' which suggests it may qualify as a sentient being. In their ...

A new form of real gold, almost as light as air

November 25, 2015

Researchers at ETH Zurich have created a new type of foam made of real gold. It is the lightest form ever produced of the precious metal: a thousand times lighter than its conventional form and yet it is nearly impossible ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.