- Women who extend their working hours (overtime) "eat more high-fat and high-sugar snacks, exercise less, drink more caffeine and, if smokers, smoke more than their male colleagues."
- Working men who go on overtime, however, "has no negative impact on exercise, caffeine intake or smoking."
- For both sexes, the only thing good about working longer is this makes both "consume less alcohol."
- Stress here is described as "making a presentation, a meeting with the boss, or missing a deadline."
Read more from this Reuters article.
I wonder how stress affects the eating habits of resident doctors and medical interns. Working extended hours is a terrible understatement for the kind of work they give daily. Working extended days is more like it for them. Do they eat more junk food? Do they smoke more? Do they exercise less? Are they becoming overweight? My guess is NO. Whatever excess calories they consume are probably burned down by the heavy workload they do running throughout the hospital, resuscitating patients who go into cardiac arrest, following up lab results, and admitting more and more patients.