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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Weight of Unemployment

Lose Your Job...Get Fat 

(Editor's notes) Alicia Adamczyk's article in MONEY discusses the findings of a Health and Retirement Study of full and part-time workers ages 50-60. The participants were of average weight and lost their jobs before they became eligible for Social Security. The research revealed a weight gain during unemployment that was not incurred by their employed counterparts.

So now, in addition to the loss of income, less in retirement savings, and increased stress and anxiety, this paper indicates that not working before retirement can also make you fat.

The paper points specifically to the stress as a reason for the weight gain. “The stress of displacement from a business closure may be further compounded if individuals have a harder time finding reemployment and/or are not yet eligible for retirement benefits,” it reads. And those without spouses or much in the way of discretionary funds are more likely to feel the stress.

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