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Staff meal skipping 'costs UK business billions'

23/11/2007

UK businesses record an estimated cost of £8.1 billion or 46.5 million working days each year in lost productivity due to employees skipping breakfast, a new survey has found.

Research carried out by Ipsos Mori for corporate food service provider BaxterStorey revealed that poor eating habits among the nation's workforce such as missing breakfast and lunch or snacking in place of proper meals increases lost productivity to £16.85 billion - almost 97 million working days.

Only 63 per cent of workers have breakfast five times a week with 372,500 British workers admitting to not having breakfast and lunch.

Commenting on the findings, Ipsos Mori stated: "Worryingly, of those who rarely or never eat lunch, 27 per cent also never eat breakfast during the working week."

"Given that as a nation our understanding of food and nutrition grows daily and that breakfast is considered so important, we're shocked and surprised at these findings," added Alastair Storey, chief executive of BaxterStorey.

Studies have shown that those who skip breakfast during the working week tend to snack on sugary, fatty foods such as crisps and biscuits later in the day, which can be detrimental to overall productivity and concentration. ADNFCR-1196-ID-18367476-ADNFCR


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