Society for Public Health chief executive Shirley Cramer, Bernard Marr Forbes magazine


drinks or adding high-calorie toppings

and sides. A poll suggested eight in 10

people experienced it every week.

The most common upsells that people

took up included larger coffees, bigger

meals, sweets and chocolates and extra

sides such as onion rings and chips. Royal

Society for Public Health chief executive

Shirley Cramer said the industry was

pressuring the public into buying extra

calories, which then added up "without

us noticing". She said businesses needed

to stop training staff to upsell high-calorie

food and instead focus on healthy

alternatives. The practice occurs at the

point-of-sale and is not at the customer's

request. Examples include a coffee shop

barista asking if you would like a large

rather than a regular-sized coffee or if you

want whipped cream added. Another

popular one is a fast-food worker asking

if you would like to make a meal larger for

only a minimal cost.

Upselling is also thought to be fueling

obesity, with 78% of people saying that

they experience upselling every week,

meaning that there were 106 upsells per

person per year so that 35% of those

surveyed said that they had added sides

like chips to a meal, and 34% bought a

larger coffee. Thus 17,000 extra calories

are consumed on average over a year.

Source: Royal Society of Public

Health/Slimming World

Calorie confusion

It also seems that Brits are drastically

underestimating the calorie content of

the foods they eat. Not everyone agrees

that calorie control is the only, or the best

way to lose weight, but when researchers

quizzed men and women in the UK on

their calorie intake they found the majority

underestimated how calorific some foods

are. The study by Laughing Cow showed

the average adult estimates there are

around 300 calories in a large portion

of cinema popcorn, when in fact it may

be up to nearly 1000 calories. Those

questioned were also way off the mark

when asked to guess the calorie content

of a bowl of granola - the average adult

guessing that a 100g bowl contained 145

calories, but the reality is closer to 450. A

supermarket pepperoni pizza, a staple of

many UK freezers contains a staggering

1,100 calories, but respondents guessed

an average of 355.

The study into the nation's eating

habits revealed that while most of those

who counted them tried to consume

1,920 calories a day, but due to the

number of snacks consumed throughout

the day, the true intake is around 2,635,

on average. Having said that, 36%

weren't sure what a calorie is, with two

thirds saying they often completely lose

track of the number of calories that they

consume each day.

Alexandra Labaisse, Brand Manager

at The Laughing Cow commented, "Too

often we are reaching for snacks that,

when we think about it properly, we don't

want. Whether it is a soggy sandwich left

over after a meeting or a bowl of salty

crisps that you devour on auto-pilot in

front of the TV, it is clear we will simply

graze without much thought. However,

being mindful about what we are

consuming and ensuring we dedicate the

time to snack well means we can avoid

'Snaccidents' and enjoy a delicious snack

without the guilt."

The poll of 2,000 Brits also found

that 17% of adults exceed their calorie

allowance on a daily basis, with the

average adult in the UK checking the

calorie content on packaging just four

times a week. Wine, lager and cola were

among the only foods where adults overestimated the calorie content.

Hustle lifestyle

Bernard Marr, a writer at Forbes magazine

who specializes in management,

technology and big data, in an article,

'Is work-life balance only for losers?'

looked at what he called 'the harm done

by the hustle lifestyle'. He said, "Our

organizations suffer from extraordinarily low

employee engagement, high turnover and

disgruntled employees. Our people are

stressed out and unhealthy. The obesity

epidemic is big, and growing, fueled by the

fast food, energy drinks and stress eating

that many default to when in survival mode

to energize them for those long hours at

the office. And, really, who has time to

exercise in a hustle culture? Professionals

are tethered to electronic devices 24/7 so

ON THE UP: Upselling is contributing to unhealthy eating, as

are 'snaccidents' and the harm done by the 'hustle lifestyle'

isn't helping either.

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