March 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm #156293
So a buddy of mine sent me a link to a WSJ article that basically puts forward the opinion that co-workers and the workplace culture in general is contributing to the obesity problem we have here in the US. Here’s the article: Colleagues Who Can Make You Fat and an excerpt:
Some 29% of people on diets say colleagues pressure them to eat more, make fun of their diets or order them restaurant food they know isn’t on their diets, according to a recent survey of 325 dieters by Survey Sampling International for Medi-Weightloss Clinics, a Tampa, Fla., franchiser of physician-supervised weight-loss clinics.
That sounds crazy but as someone who just did a diet I know at work was where I struggled the most. Futhermore I also know that my infamous cookie runs of the past probably tempted workers in a similar manner.
So what can we do at the office to battle this? I’ve heard of Biggest Loser competitions amongst co-workers but what else can we do to change to food temptation culture of the office?
March 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm #156309
Nobody but yourself can make you fat.
March 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm #156307
I think the best way would probably be to bring lunch and stick to that. I know if I go to a restaurant I eat much less healthy than if I bring my own lunch (which is usually very healthy, the only problem is it never seems to be enough!)
March 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #156305
I agree. I only go out to eat lunch about twice a year. The other days, I’m either teleworking or working out in our fitness center. I try to eat healthy at my desk, but avoid the lunch crowd, not only to avoid calories, but to save money.
March 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm #156303
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
I am with Corey. Bringing your lunch is best. It lets you control your calorie count and know exactly how much fat, etc., you are consuming (versus many restaurants/food trucks, which don’t have such info readily available). Also, Just Say No! Most of the time, I politely decline if a co-worker offers me a cookie or snack.
March 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm #156301
I will blame the weekends bakers who bring their goodies in on Monday mornings. It has nothing to do with my sweet tooth or lack of will power.
March 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm #156299
Sorry Peteritas, my brownie making probably didn’t help either. :o(
March 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm #156297
Bryan Conway JD, PMPParticipant
Using peer pressure as an excuse for doing something negative didn’t fly with my parents when I was 7, and it certainly doesn’t influence me as an adult! I can’t believe that a person would respond to efforts to undermine healthy habits. I would minimize my social interactions with these people.
March 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm #156295
We just got a Five Guy’s at L’Enfant Plaza so I think Five Guys is making us all fat! How about that?!
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