Big earners who pocket £45K also have big waists

275x250.jpg Earning a big salary is bad for your waistline – with those who pocket £45,000 a year among the unhealthiest wage bracket, it emerged yesterday.

A study of 2,000 Brits found bigger earners are more likely to see their waistline balloon amid a dizzy round of boozy lunches, nights out, take-aways and ready-meals. They are also more likely to smoke and avoid any form of exercise wherever possible.

By contrast the report also found the healthiest people are those earning a modest £16,000 salary, because they lack the funds to binge on booze and dine out.

The study revealed Brits in the £45,000 salary bracket enjoy an average of three boozy lunches at work each month, and sup an alcoholic drink two lunchtimes each week.

Almost one in ten regularly head to a restaurant for an unhealthy meal during their lunch hour, while another 21 per cent tuck into a fat-filled sandwich.
Almost one in twenty even admitted their typical lunch hour saw them devour a curry from their local takeaway.

Once they get home from the office they then enjoy a beer or wine three evenings and munch on two takeaways and ready meals each week.

In comparison, those who earn a salary of £16,000 have just one indulgent work lunch a month and have an alcoholic drink less than once a week during their lunch hour. And just two evenings a week are spent relaxing with an alcoholic drink, while a takeaway or ready meal makes up dinner just once a week.

Jennifer Irvine, founder of The Pure Package, a gourmet diet delivery service which commissioned the research, said: ”Regularly eating out at restaurants can take its toll on our waistlines.

”Those that earn well above the average national salary are perhaps more likely to throw caution to the wind and go for a couple of drinks after work or eat out during their lunch hour rather than make a healthy packed lunch.

”There is a perception that people on lower incomes have a poor diet, but these findings shows that having a higher disposable income does mean things like alcohol, takeaways and cigarettes are well within reach.

”Some jobs do entail a lot of client schmoozing which primarily revolves around eating and drinking which will cause us to gain weight. This is why we are seeing an increase in clients who want to eat healthy, delicious food that’s convenient for their lifestyle.”

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