Obesity epidemic propels fitness as career 肥胖流行 健身產業職缺多

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 - Page 11

As the American waistline continues its spread, fitness is shaping up as one of the hottest careers of this tepid economic recovery.

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by a brisk 24 percent in the decade to 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, as businesses, health professionals and insurance companies take sharper aim at the sedentary lifestyle.

“Helping individuals be more active is important and fitness professionals can be at the center of that,” said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise (ACE), which has certified more than 50,000 fitness professionals.

Obesity rates have sky-rocketed in the last 20 years. More than one third of adults in the US are obese, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bryant said the health crisis is strongly linked to the lifestyle choices that fitness professionals, such as personal trainers and group fitness instructors, address.

(Reuters)

隨著美國民眾腰圍越來越粗,健身正逐漸成為經濟緩慢復甦下最熱門職業之一。

根據美國勞工部勞工統計局,隨著企業、保健專家及保險業者都更清楚聚焦在久坐不動的生活型態,預期截至二○二○年的十年間,健身教練及指導員的職缺將成長百分之二十四。

美國運動協會(ACE)科學長塞德里克.布萊恩說:「幫助民眾多多運動很重要,健身專業人士可以扮演關鍵角色。」ACE已經認證超過五萬名健身專業人士。

肥胖率在過去二十年飆高,據美國疾病管制暨預防中心指出,美國超過三分之一的成人都有肥胖問題。

布萊恩說,這種健康危機,與諸如私人教練及團體健身指導員等健身專業人士所對付的生活型態選擇,有強烈的關聯。

(路透/翻譯:陳成良)