On Monday, at the Nutrition 2018 meeting in Boston, Stephen Onufrak, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented what he called the first national study that looks at how much free food people get at work. According to the results of this breakthrough study, it seems that all this food that they get while at the job is not in alignment with the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In order to reach this result, Onufrak and his teammates analyzed data from both the Food Acquisition and Purchasing Survey and the United States Department of Agriculture.
The data indicated how much free food 5,222 employees received while at work over a 7-day period. It seems that during one week, only 8% of people bought their own food at work. A majority of 17% had acquired it for free. The potential sources for the food include catering, vending machines, coffee machines, birthdays or other random celebrations among colleagues. When you also have a colleague that simply loves to bake and always brings cookies, things may be getting even worse. And while free food sounds very good, it seems that it accounted for about 71% of all calories people ate at work.
Free food at work might be very bad for you
The list of leading foods when it came to food acquired at work, usually for free, included pizza, cookies, pies, cake, candy and soft drinks. Let’s face it! Nobody brings broccoli and lettuce to celebrate at work with a salad! So, what can be done in such situations? According to experts, pay extra attention at what you are eating and how much you are eating! With all of the distraction around, like the work, colleagues passing by, or the cat videos on YouTube, you may not realize just ow much calories you are ingesting. One thing leads to another and… you got the idea.
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