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Chefs are Britain's unhealthiest workers, finds research

09 December 2009 by
Chefs are Britain's unhealthiest workers, finds research

Chefs are the unhealthiest workers in Britain, according to new research.

The study of 3,000 workers by healthcare cash plan provider Medicash found that despite working in a kitchen, the average chef has 12 snacks of crisps, chocolate bars or biscuits each week, and at least one ready meal or takeaway.

Chefs also smoke an average of 58 cigarettes per week and drink eight alcoholic drinks.

Peter Lauris, sales and marketing director for Medicash, said: "It may be surprising to see chefs at the top of the list, since you would expect them to be in the know when it comes to preparing a nice, healthy meal.

"But in reality, it's probably the last thing they feel like doing when they get home from work."

Top Ten Unhealthiest Professions

1. Chef
2. Farmer
3. Electrician
4. Insurance worker
5. Builder
6. Banker
7. Call Centre worker
8. Truck driver
9. Engineer
10. Travel agent

Top Ten Healthiest Professions

1. Ad rep
2. Teacher
3. Human resources assistant
4. Accountant
5. Lawyer
6. Secretary
7. IT worker
8. Researcher
9. Nurse
10. Shop assistant

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By Neil Gerrard

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