UK staff get fat in work canteens

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UK staff get fat in work canteens

Ross Bentley

UK workers are piling on the pounds in subsidised workplace canteens because they cannot resist unhealthy foods, according to a survey by recruitment group Pertemps.

A survey of 500 workers revealed that:

  • 56% ate chips with their lunch at least once a week
  • 36% took consolation in stodgy puddings
  • 34% ranked burgers and fry-ups as the most common choices.

Despite the widespread availability of vegetarian dishes and low-calorie foods, workers are not choosing the healthy option.

Of those surveyed, 58% said they eat in the staff canteen every day. Convenience (56%) and the subsidised cost (30%) lunches were cited as the main reasons for this. Ten per cent of workers said they rely on the canteen to provide their main meal of the day.

Janet McGlaughlin, a director at Pertemps, said, "More workers are turning their lunchtime meal into the main meal of the day. After a long day in the office, workers do not want to cook at home. The longer people work, the more difficult it is for them to find time for exercise and healthy living. It is no surprise that as working hours are lengthening, waistbands are broadening.

"It should be a major concern to businesses that people may be storing up health problems for later in life by failing to adopt a healthy lifestyle."

Pertemps chairman Tim Watts said, "It sounds difficult, but it only takes a few slight adjustments to your daily routine to make a big difference."


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