Newly qualified teachers on The TES online staffroom forum have admitted that holidays can seriously harm their health and interfere with their fitness regimens.
One teacher said: "I have been eating so much this holiday while planning and preparing. Hopefully, when I get to school, I won't be able to constantly snack as I have been."
Another said that she had lost a stone on her last training placement, and was hoping to replicate this in her first job: "I've been trying to be really strict, but I am still not losing anything.
"I'm gutted, as I had visions of being able to buy new, smaller clothes in preparation for this year."
But for others, the move to a new job and a new area will only increase the problem of weight gain, with the lure of takeaways and new local eateries to sample.
One young teacher, who has moved to a new area for her first job, said: "I went to my new school last week and was amazed. There are so many wonderful restaurants and takeaways that I can see myself introducing very tasty meals into my diet."