How likely is your job to make you fat, ruin your health, or kill you? It all depends on what you do for a living. Researchers speaking at the American Heart Association conference last week revealed that people in certain jobs have much unhealthier lifestyles than others.

People working in sales, administrative positions, and in the service industries are much more likely to suffer heart disease and stroke than most other professions.

Somewhat surprisingly, 90% of the police officers and firefighters participating in the study turned out to be overweight or obese.

For this study, researchers looked at the health habits of 5,566 people over age 45 who had no history of heart disease or stroke. They focused their analysis on blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, fitness levels, diet, smoking and obesity.

This infographic reveals the key findings:

So, is your job killing you? Not if you’re the boss. Management and people in professional roles had the overall healthiest lifestyles.

Read the full report and analysis over at the University’s website.



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