You know the type.
That co-worker in the cubicle next to you who’s forever bringing in snacks and treats for you and your colleagues to sample.
Girl Scout cookies. Homemade brownies. Birthday cakes. Whatever.
They lay them out on a table or at some desk, then invite everyone over to feed.
“Come on, come on, try it,” they urge. If you don’t succumb, you feel like the bad guy. If you do, well, you risk putting on a few extra pounds, weight you probably don’t need.
A Wall Street Journal report sizes up the problem and cites some evidence about the situation. It says:
“Some 29 percent 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.”
For people looking to lose weight, or keep it off, it’s serious business.
The report points to a recent study in the journal Obesity that says the attitudes and behavior of peers affect weight loss efforts.
“Among 3,330 participants in a team-based weight-loss competition, including many teams of co-workers, those who reported having positive influence from teammates lost a larger percentage of their body weight than others,” the story said.
At the same time, Tricia Leahey, the study’s lead author, said, negative attitudes of co-workers can discourage people from trying to drop some pounds.
Experts suggest that if you’re having a problem keeping a workplace food pusher at bay you gently explain to them that while you may love their offerings, trying them wouldn’t be in your best health interests at this time.