All that food at work is making us unhealthy, study finds

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Food at work adds up to a lot of extra calories: Study

The researchers found that the most common source behind this fat gain was free food which many people ate at work in the study. The study found that nearly 70 percent of those calories came from the free food provided in common areas, during work-related social events or meetings, the researchers analyzed that data from a household survey of food bought and acquisitions.

"Unfortunately, the diets of Americans, in general, is not really consistent with the recommendations from the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans".

It found employees eat more than 1,000 calories a week at work - and most of it is obtained for free. And how much calories are they exactly consuming?

Workplaces across America provide their employees with foods high in salt and refined grains and low in whole grains and fruit, according to research presented Monday at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting.

Results were presented at the American Society for Nutrition's annual meeting in Boston. The food tended to be high in empty calories from solid fats or added sugars.

More than 20 percent of Americans get food from work at least once a week and much of it, by any stretch of gooey oozy pizza cheese, is not healthy for us, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.

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It's so hard to pass up the pastries at the early morning meeting, the birthday cake for a teammate, the doughnuts in the break room, and many of us just aren't.

One solution suggested by the study authors: Employers could promote "worksite wellness" programs to encourage healthy eating and include food options that follow federal recommendations in vending machines and cafeterias.

The research mirrors a recent study of over 8,000 people in the United Kingdom, which found that those who ate regularly at their desks or in the office canteen were more likely to be obese.

The study used data from the US Department of Agriculture Food Acquisition and Purchasing Survey (FoodAPS), a nationally representative household survey on food purchases and acquisitions during a seven-day study period.

ABC reported a few of the researchers' suggestions, including promoting a salad bar over a pizza or burrito station in the employee cafeteria and replacing those cheese-flavored chips in the vending machines with sunflower seeds. The reason why this food is typically unhealthy is quite straightforward: employers want to give employees tasty food, often sweet.

"We hope that the results of our research will help increase healthy food options at worksites in the USA", he added. "Providing delicious, appealing, healthy food can also help to create a culture of health at a workplace".

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