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Lunch break skippers 'taking risks with health'

Published: 13 Feb 2013

It has been claimed that workers who forego a lunchtime break and fail to have something to eat midway through the day are "taking risks with their health" through their actions.

The message came from Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary, who said that workers in this position also have a high chance of seeing their productivity drop during the afternoon.

The general secretary was speaking in the wake of a BBC Breakfast survey showing the majority of workers in offices simply continue working throughout lunchtime on a regular basis.

"These figures shine a spotlight on Britain's long-hours culture. Far too many employees are failing to take lunch because they have too much work to do," she said.

"It is essential that employers recognise the damage this can do to their staff and to the productivity of their workforce."

She said there was a culture of acceptance around eating lunch while deskbound in too many places of work and this needed to be changed.

Close to one in three British workers repeat their lunch choice daily, according to Whole Foods Market survey stats.

For some lunch time inspiration, why not visit our Aviva Health 100 Facebook app and read our guide to eating healthily in the middle of the day here.

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