Office workers can gain a stone a year through snacking

42 per cent of office workers have gained a stone through gorging on cakes and other snacks throughout the day

Competitions to bring in the best cakes into the office are having a dangerous effect on our waistlines, a study has revealed.

42 per cent of office workers have gained up to a stone in a year through snacking on cakes, biscuits and other sweet treats throughout the working day.

17 per cent of women also said they find it impossible to say no to office snacks.

The survey, by fashion company High and Mighty also found that half of the women surveyed put on weight, while 40 per cent of men admitted to weight gain.

Workers cited boredom as the biggest cause of snacking, while others said they needed a sugar fix to beat tiredness.

Gill Politis, managing director of High and Mighty, says: ‘You’re going to lose and gain weight throughout your life, it’s unavoidable. But our research seems to show that you’re more likely to gain weight during your office life.’

She also blames people bringing in treats leading to a ‘competitive spirit that says “my chocolate cake is better than yours”‘.

‘It’s the perfect storm that conspires against the diet-conscious.’

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