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A recent survey by the British Heart Foundation reveals the true extent of ‘cake culture’ in the office, as a third of workers (33%) trying to watch their waistlines say they’ve ditched the diet at least once after being tempted by sweet treats in the workplace.
The survey showed that two fifths (40%) of the UK workforce eat chocolate at least every other day during the average working week, with a quarter (25%) saying they are actually incapable of getting through the nine-to-five without succumbing to their chocolate cravings.
A quarter of all workers believe their colleagues are to blame for this chocolate epidemic sweeping offices across the nation.
Among the most chocoholic industries to work in are the education and IT sectors where 47% of staff tuck into chocolate at least every other day at work.
They also found that two fifths of workers polled confessed that chocolate is so commonplace in their office it is become part of the furnishings. This rose to 66% of people in finance and over six in ten in the healthcare industry who admit there’s permanently chocolate in the office.
It seems nothing can stand in our way when in the office.
Although eight in ten believe it is an unwritten rule not to steal chocolate from colleagues, around a fifth have pinched from other employees to get their sugary fix and 21% keep an emergency stash of chocolate at work for when the cravings hit.
Tracy Parker, one of BHF’s heart health dietitians, said: “It’s no secret that we’re a nation of chocoholics. While it’s fine to treat yourself now and again, this survey shows just how much our workplace ‘cake culture’ is helping feed our sugary habit, even tempting people to ditch their healthy diets.
“By challenging yourself and your colleagues to a DECHOX this March you can help eliminate temptation whilst raising funds for our life saving research. By ditching chocolate, you can kick start some healthier habits, and help fund the breakthroughs that will see us beat heart disease for good.”
Take on a DECHOX
With over a third (37%) confessing we will scoff chocolate at work if it’s within eyesight, the BHF are calling on chocolate-lovers across the UK to give up their favourite chocolate treats for March and get sponsored to raise money for vital research into heart and circulatory disease, which affects around 7million people in the UK.