Your co-worker brings in brownies, your boss bought pizza for the lunch meeting or that candy jar down the hall is calling your name. You just had one piece … or was it more? Eating at work can be a welcome distraction from the task at hand. It can help you get over the Monday back to work blues. It can be a way to bond with your co-workers. How much are the extra calories hurting you? The Center for Disease Control has found that working adults consumed nearly 1300 calories per week from food and beverages they got at work. That is nearly half of the calories it takes to gain a pound. That is a lot of empty calories. The research shows that the vast majority of empty calories consumed at work are from food provided for free to employees.

American workers are spending more and more time in the workplace and the addition of these snacks are adding to the obesity epidemic in America. While that chocolate may help beat the ‘3PM slump’ it can damage your waistline and overall health.

Suggestions to reverse the snacking trend are to get up and go for a walk to rejuvenate yourself. For co-workers and employers to provide foods that are high in fiber or fruits for snacks to replace sugary and high-calorie snacks. While completely doing away with free snacks is not the best option, or even recommended, giving healthier options will help everyone be healthier.

Adapted from the Plan Deal Article at Section F page 4 of the June 24, 2018 edition.