Law Among The Jobs Most Likely To Lead To Weight Gain, Says New Survey

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By Alex Aldridge on

The sea of pot-bellies and teams of medics waiting nervously on stand-by at last month’s London Legal Walk said all you need to know about the physical state of the capital’s lawyers.

Even the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, looked like he may have had a few too many, er, rolls.

“Might law be an especially unhealthy vocation?” passers-by must have wondered.

Well, now there is evidence to back up the law-makes-you-fat theory. A survey by has found that lawyers and judges are the professionals most likely to put on weight as a result of their jobs.

The report puts this down to law’s combination of “high stress” and its “more sedentary” rhythm.

Fortunately, there are several super-fit members of the legal profession, such as Finers Stephens Innocent media lawyer Mark Stephens (pictured), setting an example of how to live healthily…

The gazelle-like Stephens, who does exercises with his personal trainer up to three times a week, was recently profiled by the Financial Times in its ‘Jogging with the FT’ feature.

In case you were wondering, here’s the full list of jobs that cause workers to stack on the pounds.

Travel agent


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Administrative assistant