Researchers in Sweden have found people with jobs that limit their decision-making ability and don’t demand a high level of skill or creativity, or jobs where you’re required to do the same things over and over again, predict whether a worker will experience major weight gain over 10 or even 20 years. 

In addition, women in positions with high job demands- such as working very fast, having mentally strenuous tasks, or jobs that involve conflicting demands and not enough time to complete assignments, are at even more risk for experiencing weight gain.

But don’t worry. All hope is not lost. There are a few ways to prevent weight gain at work. First, help turn your workplace into a healthy environment by encouraging others to walk with you during breaks. You could also set up an office fitness challenge.

Second, turn up the lights, as low lights have been shown to increase binge eating.

Also, always have healthy snacks on hand, like almonds, fruit and cut up veggies with hummus.

That said, never eat at your desk, where you can be distracted by work and not tuned in to how much you’re eating.