A longer commute could hurt your health, add to your waistline

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  • A new report has found that commuters in the UK consume an extra 800 calories each week
  • Long commutes are associated with stress, increased BMI, poor sleep and reduced sociability

(CNN)If someone told you their journey to work took them one hour, how would you react?

Would you envy the brevity of their commute, nod in agreement with mutual respect, or retract in horror at the thought of losing so much of the day?
The majority of commuters living in England and Wales would nod in agreement as the two countries face some of the longest commutes globally, according to a new report (PDF) by the Royal Society of Public Health.
    The average commute time across both countries reached 56 minutes in 2013, with the majority of people spending this time on trains and buses, or inside cars. But, more importantly, spending these extended periods of time in transit can be harmful to your health.
    According to the report, average commuters in the UK feel they add almost 800 calories to their weekly diet because of what they consume during and because of the commute.