A new study has found that more than a third of women in Britain may be eating snacks in secret as they are likely to be embarrassed about the kind of snack or the amount that they eat.
According to researchers, embarrassment about the types of food they are eating, as well as the amount they consume, may be the reason for their secret habits.
"The odd snack here and there isn't a bad thing," the Daily Express quoted Cathy Kapica, adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and an adviser to the study, as saying.
"In fact snacks can be an important part of a healthy eating style.
"Choosing snack foods that are nutritious and taste good may help alleviate the sense of guilt, and the need for secrecy around snacking.
"Switching to healthy snacks, or cutting down, would be much easier than trying to keep it secret.
"If you are snacking in secret, it probably means you are eating something you think you shouldn't be eating," she added.
The study of 2,000 Britons also revealed 40 per cent of women hide snacks away from their partner - to stop them eating them.
And the back of a drawer or cupboard is the top hiding place.