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These are the most sedentary jobs in America — do you work one of them? Associated Press

Given America’s record obesity rate, it can be easy to blame lack of willpower or laziness on this epidemic. If you look at the numbers, though, Americans work more hours than many other people in the world. However, the sedentary nature of most of these jobs may be a contributing factor to the expansion of the nation’s waistline.

Since 1960, the percentage of moderate activity jobs has decreased from 50 percent to 20 percent. In that same time frame, the obesity rate has risen from 13.4 percent to 35.7 percent, according to the National Institutes of Health. The journal PLOS ONE released a study in 2011 linking this decline in workplace activity to increased obesity.

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Using data from the Compendium of Physical Activity, HealthGrove found the occupations that burn the fewest calories per hour. For the least calorie-burning occupations, the range of calories burned per hour for American males and females between the 25 and 75 weight percentiles as specified by the CDC is listed.

Note: The HealthGrove data team removed a small number of rare or obscure occupations from the raw dataset for the purposes of this article. You can find the full dataset in the Compendium of Physical Activity, as referenced above.

Operating a forklift or crane

Female average caloric burn: 160-225
Male average caloric burn: 195-260

Postal carrier work

Female average caloric burn: 145-205
Male average caloric burn: 180-240

Custodial work

Female average caloric burn: 145-205
Male average caloric burn: 180-240

Bookbinding

Female average caloric burn: 145-205
Male average caloric burn: 180-240

Truck driving

Female average caloric burn: 130-180
Male average caloric burn: 155-210

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Farming (cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed)

Female average caloric burn: 130-180
Male average caloric burn: 155-210

Bakery work

Female average caloric burn: 130-180
Male average caloric burn: 155-210

Shoe repair work

Female average caloric burn: 130-180
Male average caloric burn: 155-210

Printing

Female average caloric burn: 130-180
Male average caloric burn: 155-210

Property manager work

Female average caloric burn: 115-160
Male average caloric burn: 140-185

Hairstylist

Female average caloric burn: 115-160
Male average caloric burn: 140-185

Engineer work (mechanical or electrical)

Female average caloric burn: 115-160
Male average caloric burn: 140-185

Tailoring

Female average caloric burn: 115-160
Male average caloric burn: 140-185

Office work

Female average caloric burn: 95-135
Male average caloric burn: 120-155

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Police work

Female average caloric burn: 85-115
Male average caloric burn: 100-135

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