(Men’s Health) It’s easy to understand how men become workaholics. “The expectation to excel and be the breadwinner leads to excessive focus on achievement,” says Diane Fassel, Ph.D., author of Working Ourselves to Death. But what about the hidden costs?
Here’s what to expect if you maintain this schedule:
- Obesity – According to a 2006 survey, half of all workaholics don’t exercise enough, and two-thirds don’t sleep enough. Neither scenario is good for your BMI. A Case Western Reserve University study revealed that people who sleep less also ate less but gain more.
- High blood pressure – People who exceed 50 hours of work a week are 29% more likely to have high blood pressure, and are at higher risk of hearth disease and stroke, according to a 2006 study from the University of California at Irvine.
- Heart attack – Men who work 60 hours or more per week are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks as those who work 40 hour weeks, according to a 2002 Japanese study.
- Divorce – Women married to workaholics are less emotionally attached to and feel less desire for their husbands, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.
- Messed-up kids – A separate UNC study found that children of workaholic fathers have significantly higher levels of depression and anxiety.