Could the office be making you fat?
We’ve always known that sending emails and sitting around in meetings doesn’t exactly rival the gym, but now it appears office ‘snack culture’ is actually making us fatter.
In a survey by workplace designers Maris Interiors, 35% of office workers blamed a colleague for their weight gain – claiming they have an ‘office feeder’. This is someone who facilitates bad snacking habits by bringing in sweet treats like doughnuts and ice cream.
47% said they had developed a chocolate bar habit because they had no time for a proper lunch, but still needed to ‘fill a hole’, with the majority of workers (61%) saying when at work they would eat ‘whatever they could get their hands on’. Perhaps unsurprisingly, fruit didn’t feature heavily in the survey.
Maris Interiors Managing Director David Cannon is unconvinced: “This ‘office feeder’ sounds more like a hero to me. Free ice cream and donuts? Yes please! But with long working hours, ultimately you do have to keep an eye on what you eat in the office, or it will take a toll on your waistline. But I do understand that a Bounty does generally sound more appealing than an apple.”
Notes For The Editor:
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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