Is Work Killing You?

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 | 3 Comments

“Mass does not do work; brains and muscles do. In fact, overweight inhibits work, and gross overweight totally immobilizes.”

– Peter F. Drucker, 1980

Image source: Online University, which notes that “over 80% of Americans work in jobs that require little to no physical activity, and the effects are starting to show.”


  1. Andrew
    March 8, 2012

    Don’t believe it. 80% of your body composition is controlled by what you eat – not how much you move. It’s simple calorie maths.

    Have you also looked at how much sugar is in food now compared to the same time period?

    Question everything!

  2. Maverick 18
    March 10, 2012

    My observation has been that work may keep many alive. Too many who don’t work can devote full time to smoking and drinking. The bad diet and overeating of too many Americans is a clear cause of diabetes and other serious health problems, That’s more lethal than a desk job.

  3. Professor Perry
    March 10, 2012

    Balance is most critical.
    Toxic is toxic, whether toxic activities occur at home (see Maverick 18 comment)
    or at work (is the human designed to sit for 1/3 of the day in the same position?).

    A balanced day only has 3 major components. Give or take for slight individual differences, on average they would be given relatively equal time:
    1) Sleeping and Resting
    2) Working to “keep the lights on”
    3) Working for Life – Accomodating Personal, Family, Spirtual, Physiological Needs

    How many workers can balance those 3 on a regular basis, given current job expectations and economic conditions?


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