A survey of 800 workers initiated by Beyond Blue and the Australia Institute has shown that nearly 3.8 million Australians do not take a lunch break. Of those who do take time out for lunch, 72% do a quick lunch or just eat at their desks.
Beyond Blue CEO Kate Carnell said, "Now we know from research that it's really important to have regular breaks during the day, to get up, to move around. If you don't both your physical and your mental health suffers and interestingly so does your productivity."
"Eating at your desk means you're not getting the activity you need, you're not getting up, you're not getting circulation moving and it's found that inactivity, sitting in one place for prolonged periods of time, is really not good for either your physical or your mental health."
This practice could be leaving employees with more stress. It is time Australians work towards creating healthier workplaces.
"We've all got to... be good role models and that means that in our workplaces we've got to encourage regular breaks, we've got to encourage activity, we've got to encourage workplaces that focus on reducing stress and increasing productivity," Ms Carnell said.