Late nights at the office bad for women

Women more likely to turn to high-fat, high-sugar foods when working late
||Last Updated: 07/25/2006

Working long hours is bad for women’s health, according to a new study that found women are more likely than men to snack on junk food, smoke, stop exercising and consume caffeine when they work late.

The study, published by Britain’s Economic and Social Research Council, didn’t analyze why the sexes respond differently to working late. However, lead researcher Dr. Daryl O’Connor said it was likely women were at higher risk because they have more obligations outside the workplace.

Researchers also examined emotional eating. People who eat for psychological comfort feel anxious about themselves, or their situation, and turn to food as an escape from these feelings, stated the study.