A nation of sugar addicts: Sweet-toothed Brits can’t make it through the day without sugary snack
13:03 GMT, 21 September 2012
Everybody loves a sugary sweet afternoon treat to help them get through the remainder of the day.
But according to a new poll, more than two thirds of workers can’t get through their day without an afternoon sugar boost.
A staggering 68 per cent of office workers turning to a sweet afternoon snack in order to fight off post lunch fatigue and maintain concentration until home time.
A staggering 68 per cent of office workers admit snacking on sugary treats in the afternoon
Snacks of choice included, sweets, chocolate bars, cakes and sugary drinks such as Coke.
Just under half of those quizzed admitted to keeping sugar-laden snacks in their draw so they were ready for when they felt their energy depleting.
A further one in ten said they deliberately increased their afternoon sugar intake – including putting sugar in their tea when they otherwise wouldn’t, in an attempt to power through their task list.
Interestingly the time most workers said they felt their energy levels dipping was between 2:15pm and 3:15pm, with the majority blaming a heavy lunch for their afternoon sluggishness.
An honest 28 per cent of those quizzed said their main reason for a sugary afternoon snack or drink was to break up their day and alleviate boredom, with a further 18 per cent stating they used treat foods as a reward for a hard morning’s work.
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The results also revealed that bosses should encourage their workers to take energy boosting afternoon snacks as those who did admitted to being ‘more likely to work late’ and ‘less likely to make tired mistakes.’
It was also revealed that men were as likely to seek out an afternoon sugar boost as women.
It’s believed on average a typical worker could expect to consumer between 500–1000 extra calories each week as they attempt to boost their energy levels and battle against ever-increasing workloads and earlier start times.
One female respondent said she religiously tucked into a chocolate bar each afternoon to boost her mood and energy levels.
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Reward for hard work
She said: 'I find I race through my morning after some breakfast but when I return to my desk after a big lunch all I want to do is have a nap.
'I’ve become increasingly reliant upon a little boost in the afternoon and I always find I’m feeling much more energised and motivated after I get my sugar fix.”
A spokesman from office refurbishment company officeman.co.uk, who carried out the survey, said he believes the findings go to show how what was once an afternoon treat is now becoming commonplace in offices across the country.
He said: 'It’s interesting to find that most office workers are not alone in their need for an afternoon booster to help them power through their day – which I’m sure will come as a comfort for many.
'What is particularly interesting to note is that men were found to be just as likely to be reaching for the sugary snacks as women come mid-afternoon which for some may come as a bit of a surprise.
He added: 'People are working longer hours than ever before and so it makes sense that many feel they need an energy boost to help them through the final hours of their day when they feel themselves flagging.'