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52% of workers never leave the office at lunchtime

New research by the National Charity Partnership has revealed that over half of the respondents (52%) don’t leave the office at lunchtime

Surveying 2,000 employees, the results also showed that 24% of respondents regularly work through their lunch breaks.

Highlights of the survey include:

  • 91% of respondents believe that being outside makes them feel healthier or more positive.
  • 32% claim that heavy workloads stop them from leaving their desks at lunchtime, 14% blame workplace culture, and 13% admit stress stops them from leaving the office over lunch.
  • 23% of respondents confess to simply not being bothered to be active at lunchtime.
  • 5% of respondents do something active at lunchtime, such as going to the gym or going for a walk.

Head of Prevention at the National Charity Partnership, Babs Evans, said: “When you’re under pressure at work, it’s easy to forego a lunch break and instead grab a quick bite at your desk, but this isn’t healthy.

“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: behaviours which are linked to a number of health conditions.

“Even just a 10-minute break away from your desk to go for a walk and clear your head can help to make a big difference with stress relief, which in turn is good for your health.”

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