A third of office workers would rather grab a few minutes extra sleep than
breakfast， according to a survey that estimated poor eating habits were
costing companies dearly in terms of lost productivity.
A survey by Ipsos Mori found 17 percent of British office workers never
have breakfast and 17 percent have it just one to three times a week.
It found eight percent of 1，051 office staff questioned also regularly
skip lunch， with these poor eating habits estimated to be costing companies 17
billion pounds ($34 billion) a year or 97 million lost working days.
"Worryingly， of those who rarely or never eat lunch， 27 percent also
never eat breakfast during the working week，" said Ipsos Mori researchers in a
The survey， commissioned by food service company BaxterStorey， estimated
skipping breakfast cost companies 8.1 billion pounds or 46.5 million lost
working days， with many studies finding a link between eating breakfast and
attention span， learning ability and general well-being.
When other poor eating habits such as having no breakfast and lunch or
having no breakfast and snacks， are included， lost productivity rocketed to
nearly 17 billion pounds.
The survey found most employees —— 92 percent —— have lunch， with 68
percent opting for sandwiches， but most people don't drink enough during the
day. Only 11 percent had the recommended eight or more drinks during the
"eople who eat breakfast have better concentration， problem solving
ability， mental performance， memory and mood.
People who eat breakfast are also more physically energetic and have better
coordination，" said nutrition specialist Matt Barker.
"Research tells us that scores on memory tests were about 15 percent lower
in people who skipped breakfast. And those who skip it tend to eat sugary，
fatty foods later in the day， reducing their productivity."