Lighter Side: Study says lunch-time food habits reflect how happy a worker is

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If you want to know frustrated or fed up your employees are then it might be worth sneaking a peak at what they’re scoffing at lunch because, according to one new study, our mood in the office directly affects what we choose to eat later in the day.

 A huge 77 per cent of workers surveyed said their mood ‘definitely’ impacts the food they eat at lunch time so if you’re prone to reaching for a sugary snack when you’re feeling stressed – you’re not the only one.

Just over half (54 per cent) of employees admitted to abandoning healthy eating plans when they were having a rough day, opting instead for fatty foods like burgers, curries and pizza.

Conversely, half of all respondents said they always opt for a healthy lunch when they feel happy and positive about work.

But it’s not just what we eat at lunch that gives our mood away but how we eat.

47 per cent of workers said they rush their food down if they are having a busy or stressful day with the average length of time taken to devour our meal standing at just six minutes!

The survey also found that:
  • The typical office worker forks out the equivalent of $395 a year to improve their mood
 
  • 41 per cent of adults encourage the rest of their family to join them in eating takeaways or fast food if they’ve experienced a bad day at work.
 
  • 72 per cent of workers said a bad day in the office was the main reason for comfort eating
 
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  • Jeannie McQuaid on 2014-12-05 2:27:12 PM

    41 per cent promoting fast food at home after a bad day....did the research consider gender and parental responsibility in their question? Makes sense to me that after a particularly horrid day at work, Mum might not feel like starting from scratch on dinner.

  • Laura on 2015-01-14 10:10:28 AM

    Jeannie,
    I believe this study refers to people that work outside of the home. I think you're referring to stay at home parents or those that work from home?
    Here is what it says in the opening paragraph:
    "according to one new study, our mood in the office directly affects what we choose to eat later in the day."
    It also implies management should pay attention to what/how their employees are eating.
    If thats not what you meant, I think your statement is exactly the point they are trying to express. Anyone who has a bad/long day at work will not likely feel up to cooking themselves dinner, especially a time consuming meal.
    I know this is certainly true for myself and my partner. When one of us has had a really bad day, we often want something easy, deliverable, often a comfort food like pizza. :)

  • Jeannie McQuaid on 2015-01-15 8:31:43 AM

    No, I'm talking about working parents, particularly working Mums, since statistically the majority of childcare and cooking still falls to the female parent and further, if it's a single parent family, statistically there are more single, custodial Mums than Dads. The family responsibilities after work factor in, which is why I posted "after a particularly horrid day at work, Mum might not feel like starting from scratch on dinner."

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