You Might Be Eating 800 Extra Calories A Week Thanks To Your Commute

​The Piccadilly line is stressful, though, isn't it?

Living in a big city is great, isn't it? There's the soaring rent, the expensive pints and the incessant grind of the daily commute; a commute that's causing you to eat nearly 800 extra calories a week, apparently.

According to figures released today by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) - who polled 1,500 commuters - 33% admitted to extra snacking due to their long commute, while 29%  admitted to eating fast food on a daily basis, with the report finding that all those stress-relieving Wispas and sweet chilli Kettle Chips (the best flavour) add up to an extra 767 calories a week. 

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The survey asked commuters which foods and drink they typically consumed when travelling, from a list of 12 items that included alcohol, soft drinks and biscuits; with chocolate and crisps being the two most popular. 

The study also found that the average commuter now spends 56 minutes a day travelling to and from work, while nearly 3 million people have a commute that lasts over two hours a day.

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Speaking to the Guardian, Emma Lloyd, the report's author, said: "We have got thousands of commuters travelling through stations which are very obesogenic, both in terms of advertising and what's available [to eat.] It's natural that many people will reach for comfort food to relieve boredom or stress, but it's a high-risk strategy when so many people are overweight and obese."

Maybe it's time to put down the tube beer and have a sparkling water instead? Or something like that.

What do you think?

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