Snackers pack on 50 days’ food
IT might seem like an innocent snack, but office workers munching at their desks are adding an extra 50 days worth of food to their diets each year.
While it used to be long lunches that blew out the waistline, workers don’t even have to leave their desk to add an extra 2240 calories a week — more than 100,000 a year — to their diet. A new survey from the Netherlands has found cakes, sugary drinks and chips are the most common indulgences between meals.
The research specifically looked at female office workers, who were more likely to snack.
And it was no surprise to Sydney nutritionist Naomi Judge, who said workplace snacking was “the biggest issue” she faced with clients.
“We spend all this time planning a healthy diet, but they just fill up on snacks at work,” she said. “At work you have stress and time constraints, which turn people to quick and unhealthy snacks, but you need to make sure you are eating proper meals.”
The study said boredom, fatigue and stress were the main reasons women snacked, despite more than 80 per cent starting the day with good intentions.