9 In 10 American Workers Are Overweight

Dan Fastenberg

The struggles of the American worker are by now well-known. He is is either out of work, or if he is lucky enough to have a spot in the workforce, he is overworked as employers seek to come up with effective business models amid a challenging economic environment. And now comes this -- he's wildly unhealthy to boot.

A new survey conducted by Gallup finds that 86 percent of American workers are above normal weight. That measure is based on interviews with 109,875 full-time employees conducted between Jan. 2 and Oct. 2 of this year. Comparatively, 68 percent of all Americans are above normal weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the metric is based on the standard Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a calculation of weight and height and qualifies scores of 25.0 to 29.9 as "overweight," above 30 as "obese."