Ever find yourself mindlessly munching while sat at your desk? Picking at crisps, fruit, or chocolate as you work your way through your to-do list? Working at an office can tempt you to continually eat, and if you’re not into preparing your sandwich the night before, you’ll find yourself at the vending machine or a nearby - probably unhealthy - food outlet.

Unless you’re on a strict diet and live a healthy lifestyle by default, you’re likely to snack a little too often while sat at your desk, which could lead to you carrying a little extra weight which many would prefer not to gain.

In fact, a survey of 1,000 UK workers from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job company, revealed that a whopping 72% believe their job has had a negative effect on their food choices and overall health. More than half of these 72% of respondents (36.4%) have said they’ve gained weight as a result of their job and attitude to food surrounding it.

Founder and managing director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins comments on the survey results:

“Weight gain at work is not uncommon, especially for those in office jobs that require little to no physical activity throughout the day. But while we all need a sugar fix every now and again, balancing this with a bit of fresh air at lunchtime can really help with productivity, especially now that the sun is beginning to shine!”

The survey continues in revealing that three quarters said their colleagues bring unhealthy snacks into the office, with 64.4% admitting they find these hard to resist; if a donut or biscuit (or three) was offered to me, it’d be rude to say no, right?

Liverpool was found to be the city whose workers consumed the most junk food, with Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff and Newcastle making up the top 5 unhealthiest cities to work in. However, not all cities analysed showed results of unhealthiness – some actually experienced weight loss as a result of their job. Manchester, Birmingham and London office workers are amongst the healthiest in the country – the reasons for this aren’t shared by the survey; perhaps the due to general lifestyles, exercise levels or factors and design within the office which promote healthy living like standing desks and vending machines without a Mars bar in sight.

So, if you’re one to snack a little too much at work, here are a few tips if you’re looking to cut back:
  • Don’t carry change: any pennies you have, keep at home so you’re not tempted to pay the vending machine a visit; this will save you money over time too
  • Prepare the night before: make an extra portion of your – hopefully nutritious- dinner the night before to bring into work the next day, instead of taking that trip to the McDonald’s round the corner, or the supermarket where you’ll be tempted by snacks as you walk the aisles.
  • Fill your cup: if you find yourself wanting to snack – often from boredom or as a way to procrastinate – go and make yourself a drink instead. It’s an excuse to walk from your desk for five minutes which can be refreshing for the mind, and having a drink won’t be so damaging to your waistline than that donut.
  • Allow yourself a limit: if you’re one who can’t quite resist that snack that your co-worker brought in for a ‘Friday sweet treat’, limit yourself to a few a week, or one a day. 

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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