You don’t even have to leave your desk to add an extra 2240 calories a week to your diet.
You don’t even have to leave your desk to add an extra 2240 calories a week to your diet.

Snacking at your desk can add 50 days worth of food a year

It might seem like an innocent snack to tide you over until dinner time but office workers munching away at their desks are now copping a staggering blowout to their waistlines and adding an extra 50 days worth of food to their diets each year.

While it used to be the long lunch that proved a calorie-laden feast it seems you now don't even have to leave your desk to add an extra 2240 calories a week to your diet.

A new survey from the Netherlands has revealed the shocking truth about what we are eating between meals with cakes, sugary drinks and chips listed as the most common indulgences.

The research specifically looked at female office workers who were more likely to snack because they were bored or tired.

And it's come as no surprise to Sydney nutritionist Naomi Judge who said workplace snacking was "the biggest issue" she faced with her clients.

"We spend all this time planning a healthy diet but they just fill up on snacks at work," she said.

"At work you have stress and time constraints which turn people to quick and unhealthy snacks but you need to make sure you are eating proper meals.

"If you have breakfast, lunch and dinner you will be less likely to have those cravings.

"Lunch cannot just be a quick snack, you need to sit down and have carbohydrates and vegetables so you don't get a dip in blood sugar."

Ms Judge said men also had problems with snacking but maintained that women were the worst offenders.

"Men and women do the same thing generally but women are more likely to snack at work," she said.

"With my clients it is much more common in women because men really only need two good meals a day and men and women have different needs."

The study said that boredom, fatigue and stress were the main reasons women snacked despite more than 80 per cent starting off the day with the intention of heating healthily.

Nearly half of those women complained they started feeling hungry prior to lunch.

And although women may fare worse off sitting at their desks an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report out yesterday revealed Aussie men were more likely than women to be obese, smoke and take illicit drugs.

In a handful of areas men and women come out equal, with one in two having a chronic disease and the same number experiencing a mental health problem.