Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Too Much to Tempt You? as a New Study Suggests Office Workers Are Blaming Their Colleagues for Their Inability to Lose Weight, MARIE TURBILL Asks Does Work Help or Hinder Your Diet?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Too Much to Tempt You? as a New Study Suggests Office Workers Are Blaming Their Colleagues for Their Inability to Lose Weight, MARIE TURBILL Asks Does Work Help or Hinder Your Diet?

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Byline: MARIE TURBILL

DESK-BASED office employees put on an average of 10lbs during their first year - so says a new study.

And many blame their co-workers for their weight gain, pointing the finger at those who bring in too many cakes and treats.

The research, which was commissioned by The Co-operative Food, found six in 10 British office workers believe they need to lose weight.

But most only last six days on a diet before giving in to temptation.

The reason, it seems, is a combination of treats circulating the office, boredom, the sedentary nature of the job and more than the occasional pub/working lunch.

And even when they are trying not to think about food, chances are someone in the office will be talking about it.

Janet Taylor, diet and health manager for The Co-operative Food, said: "The office appears to be a 'no go area' for people trying to stick to a healthier diet, with boredom levels and the temptation to snack on unhealthy foods from 'diet saboteurs' causing colleagues to pile on the pounds."

The study found: ? 74% of office workers admit to consuming far more food at work than they ever would at home; ? 64% point the finger at co-workers for bringing in too many cakes and treats; ? 73% believe the sedentary nature of their job has led to them putting on weight; ? 14% feel under constant peer pressure to join in when goodies are passed round; ? A fifth of respondents eat more sweet treats at work in a bid to be more sociable; ? 24% can't resist the unhealthy snacks brought in to celebrate birthdays etc; ? 21% admit if the snacks are there in front of them, they are impossible to resist, and ? four in 10 always go out for a pub lunch if an office colleague suggests it.

As such, on average, office workers are said to succumb to their first sweet snack by 10.04am and continue to munch their way through the day.

Chocolate is the biggest temptation for bored office workers, closely followed by crisps, biscuits and cake.

SO does the office affect your diet? We asked the all-girls office at Middlesbrough marketing and events firm, We Do.

Maxine Freer, 40, pictured right, of Marton, (MF) says: "We have just had two weeks of birthdays so there's been lots of Victoria sponge - and big slices too! …

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