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Desk-based meals for '10% of office workers'

Published: 11 Mar 2013

One in two office workers eat their breakfast as well as their lunch while sat at a desk, statistics suggest. The Wonderful Pistachios stats also show that a tenth of such workers have breakfast, lunch and a meal in the evening at a desk.

Meanwhile, on average workers have the first snack of the day at 9.58am in the morning, under an hour into the day for those who begin work at 9am.

Some 45 per cent of the sample felt that they had no option but to gain weight as a result of the low level of physical activity their job involved.

It was discovered that on average, people gain close to a stone (11lbs) during their first year working in an office.

"Many people struggle to manage a demanding work life with a good nutritional diet and inevitably the latter ends up suffering," commented a Wonderful Pistachios spokesperson.

He suggested workers prepare themselves for when they crave a snack by packing something healthy to take to work. For some lunch time inspiration, why not read Aviva's guide to eating healthily in the middle of the day here?

It follows BBC Breakfast finding via a survey that over 50 per cent of people who worked in offices worked through lunchtime breaks regularly.

"Workers who skip lunch and don't take time away from their desks in the middle of the day are likely to become less productive as the day wears on and are also taking risks with their health," General Secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady commented, in the wake of this research.

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