Goodbye long lunches, hello to desk dining

The one-hour lunch break is a thing of the past

If you are reading this whilst munching at your desk, you are one of the many UK workers who no longer take a proper lunch break.

Stress and heavy workloads mean that people are no longer stopping for the traditional one-hour lunch break; rather they eat at their desk or snack continuously throughout the day – to top up lagging energy levels.

According to new research, 7% of workers do not stop at all, instead they choose to chomp at their desks as they continue to work, whilst a staggering 76% prefer to ‘graze.’

With the average lunch break now just a meager 29 minutes long, it’s seen as proof that the conventional lunch hour is now a thing of the past.

‘Because we run restaurants in 80% of FTSE100 companies – we get a unique insight into the nation’s workplace eating habits,’ said Nick Vadis, the executive chef for Eurest Services who carried out the research.

‘Hectic lifestyles and long working hours mean that long lunch breaks are off the menu in 2008, as workers opt for quick grab foods and eat at their desks.’

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