Blog: Dean BestFiends of the workplace

Dean Best | 3 October 2008

Writing for a food publication, the editorial team are occasionally sent pleasant surprises in the post, from new soups, to olive oil, ketchup and even a box of organic vegetables.

So I was more than delighted when, upon opening the post this morning (3 October), I stumbled across some Halloween chocolate biscuits sent to us by Cadbury.

Having just made myself a cuppa I thought it would be rude not to crack them open and have a sneaky few. The rest of the editorial team are away from just-food HQ today so unfortunately I couldn’t offer them around and so had my pick of the ghoulish shapes.

Happily munching away, I continued with my letter opening until something really frightening stopped me in my chomping tracks....

“Is your workplace making you fat?”

I gulped down the ghoul and took a swig of tea.

According to BDG Workfutures, “Britain’s workforce is facing a nutritional contradiction as waistlines continue to expand to dangerous proportions.”

I take a slow glance down to my “expanding” waistline and push the ghouls aside.

Apparently, health has never been higher on the agenda and can have “major implications” for businesses in terms of levels of productivity, staff retention, absenteeism, insurance premiums, morale and image.

It’s funny you should say that....

While I always manage to abstain from the chocolate and blueberry muffins that regularly show their faces when the editorial team are in, my lack of exercise at times can be shameful. To the point where I will drive to our local Morrisons store instead of taking the 10/15 minute walk my colleagues usually take.

So, in light of this morning’s revelation, I’ve decided that today I will take that walk and rid myself of those ghouls that have been festering inside of me and pushing my waistline to dangerous proportions.

Healthy food here I come!

Michelle Russell, reporter


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