Snack­ers pack on 50 days’ food

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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