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Pizzas ordered a working lunch. Cake to celebrate a colleague's birthday. Potato chips in the machine.
Foods like these are ubiquitous in workplaces, according to a study published on Tuesday. In order to fight the obesity epidemic in America, the food offered or purchased at the workplace would need to be improved to better suit dietary guidelines.
More than 23% of surveyed workers bought or had free groceries at work. Typically, it produced high levels of empty calories, sodium, and refined grains.
More than 23% of the surveyed workers bought or had free food at work. As a rule, she achieved high calories, sodium and refined cereals, the study found.
"Leading foods included foods that were typically high in solid fat, added sugars, or sodium, such as pizza, regular soft drinks, biscuits or brownies, cakes and pies, and sweets," the Journal says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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The new study takes a different look at the weighty issue and acknowledges that little is known about the behavior of food in the workplace. About 150 million Americans spend most of their time at work – and may be prone to eating disorders.
Of course, revising the workplace menu alone can not resolve the nation's obesity epidemic. It is a complex public health issue that is not just about counting calories, but also about access to healthy food.
For example, a recent study concluded that the overwhelming amount of food advertising targeted at African American and Hispanic adolescents was related to junk food. Obesity rates for children also increased at 18.5% in 2015-2016, compared to 13.9% in 1999-2000.
About 150 million Americans spend most of their time at work – and may be prone to eating disorders.
Nevertheless, workplace wellness programs – which in other contexts can help employees promote habits of smoking or promote exercise – have helped to influence better eating opportunities in the workplace, researchers said.
"By incorporating diet guidance guidelines into wellness programs, employers can offer attractive and healthy options that empower workers," said Stephen Onufrak, chief investigator and researcher at the Department of Nutrition, Department of Disease Control and Health Prevention, physical activity and obesity.
Some have wondered how effective wellness programs are. A separate study showed little difference in absenteeism, productivity and overall health between workers who completed a wellness program in the workplace and those who did not.
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Food research in the workplace began with more than 5,000 working adults, all of whom consumed food consumed over a seven-day period. The data was collected between April 2012 and January 2013.
The study of food in the workplace began with more than 5,000 working adults who had all the food consumed over a seven-day period.
The study also ranked the most commonly received food and drink in the workplace, regardless of whether they were paid by employees.
Coffee was the first to be consumed 849 times during the experimental period.
Regular soft drinks came in second place, 511 times coffee and sandwiches were consumed third and down 317 times.
In total, the study participants ate or drank almost 6,850 items – more than 70% of the food and drink in the workplace were free.
A person's educational background was the strongest predictor of whether they had food at work. University graduates were twice as likely to eat locally as college graduates.
Researchers pointed to earlier studies suggesting that adults with a college degree would probably be more likely to work for big employers, who would rather have vending machines and cafeterias on their premises.
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