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06 Jun 2016

Workplace pressures mean millions skip lunch

New research has found that workplace pressures are causing more and more of the UK workplace to skip lunch, with almost one in three employees regularly eating lunch at their desks, the Workplace Insight website reports.

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Charity Partnership - a joint venture between the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Diabetes UK and Tesco - more than half (52%) of the office workers surveyed said that they never left their office for lunch; even worse, nearly a quarter (24%) said they often worked through their break times.

When asked why they were not able to spend some time away from their desks and out of the office at lunchtime, the predominant factor was heavy workloads, cited by 32% of employees. This was followed by workplace culture (14%) and stress (13%).

With the large majority (over 90%) of respondents saying that spending time outside makes them feel healthier and more positive, these figures do not bode well for the wellbeing of the national workforce.

The report authors expressed their concern that these sedentary workplace behaviours, combined with low rates of physical activity in general, could be one of the causes of increased levels of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes we are witnessing in this country.

With this in mind, the National Charity Partnership is encouraging office workers to get active on their lunch breaks in order to protect their health and wellbeing. It has launched an online motivational tool to help people to set achievable goals.

As Babs Evans - head of prevention for the charity group - explained, “Work-related stress puts a strain on your mental wellbeing and can have a knock-on effect on your physical health.”

“People under too much pressure at work are more likely to eat unhealthily and stop being active,” she added, which can contribute to Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory problems. These conditions affect millions of people in the UK but are largely preventable - getting active being just one way to lower the risk.

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