The Office Can Help Make You Fat
Unhealthy snacks lingering
around the company office are derailing employees' efforts to stay
healthy, a U.S. study finds.
A study investigating
workplace eating habits sponsored by Peapod Business Delivery, shows
that 63 percent of workers find it a challenge to eat healthy in the
workplace. Seven percent ofrespondents report they eat healthier in the
office than at home and workers cite unhealthy snack options as the
number one obstacle to eating healthy while at work, the study says.
"One of the best ways to
support healthy lifestyles in the workplace is also one of the
easiest," said Cathy Leman, a Chicago registered dietitian and
certified personal trainer. (Companies can) "Offer a variety of choices
like fresh and dried fruit, yogurt, whole grain crackers, nuts, raw
veggies with low-fat dip, hummus, baked pita chips and oatmeal raisin
The study shows there are
major disparities in the workplace between what people want and what
they are getting.
- 47 percent cite having too
many tempting snack options in their workplaces as the top reason they
are not able to eat healthy.
- 28 percent claim they are
fully satisfied with the amount of healthy snack options provided to
them in the workplace.
- The food employees want most
in the workplace is fresh produce, but only 36 percent of companies
regularly purchase fruits and vegetables.
- The food employees want least
is candy, yet 1 out of 3 businesses provide candy to employees.
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