A new study shows that too many people are working through their lunch hour. Not taking a proper lunch break is unhealthy. It can make people sick, so then they need time off work. The study is from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in the U.K. It interviewed over 2,000 people about what they do for lunch at work. Twenty per cent of the workers said they did not take a lunch break. They worked through their lunch hour. Half of the people took a break but ate their lunch at their desk and surfed the Internet, answered e-mails or went on Facebook. One in five people left the workplace for lunch to go shopping or get some air, while three per cent went to the gym.
The CSP told companies they should encourage all staff to take a regular lunch break. It said workers needed to get more exercise at work so they do not get ill. CSP spokeswoman Karen Middleton said: "Full-time workers spend a significant bulk of their week at work or travelling to and from it. Finding ways to build in time to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, five times a week, can be a challenge." She warned that when employees get sick because they do not take breaks, companies lose money. She said: "It is in everybody's interests to find ways to tackle the enormous problem of inactivity…and we would encourage people to take responsibility for their own health."