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Working this many hours a week can cause serious problems for women

By Marni Dixit June 21, 2016
Working this many hours is making women unhealthy

Need an excuse to leave work early? Well, luckily science has got you covered!

Women are putting more and more hours into their working lives and while it might be earning them promotions, it could actually be harming their health.

New research from the Ohio State University found that women over the age of 30 who are working 60 hours a week are at triple the risk of health problems such as cancer, arthritis and diabetes.

The lead author of the study, Allard Dembe, said in a press release:

"People don’t think that much about how their early work experiences affect them down the road. Women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are setting themselves up for problems later in life."

The research looked at 30 years of responses of men and women born between 1957 and 1963 about their working lives and their bodies. The team found that illness was often tied to long working hours for women. 

Rachel Bilson working on computer

This is possibly down to the fact that women don't often stop working at 5pm as they will probably have to take care of a household as well, so they are basically doing two fulltime jobs at the one time.

It seems that men don't have the same issue with long hours having little affect on them (lucky them!).

Hopefully this research will make people realise the dangers of overly demanding jobs and the long term health implications.

Luckily though, a survey has found that people aged 20-34 in Australia are working an average of 41 hours a week, with more people putting emphasis on the quality of their work rather than the number of them.

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