Many Australians skip lunch

May 3, 2006 at 7:16 PM
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SYDNEY, May 3 (UPI) -- Most Australians think eating a substantial, healthy lunch is important, but 33 percent skip this meal at least once a week and 10 percent never have lunch.

An AC Nielsen Omnibus poll of 1,400 Australians shows 46 percent engaged in home duties are most likely to skip lunch.

People being too busy is reason given most often by lunch-skippers -- 43 said they didn't have time to go out or make themselves something to eat. Twenty percent said they weren't hungry at lunchtime, while another 11 percent said they had too many personal tasks to do to fit food into their noontime break.

More than half the respondents with annual salaries of $46,000 or more said they were simply too busy for lunch. Only a handful blamed their lack of lunch on food being too expensive, fattening or unavailable.

"This might seem great for productivity, but a rushed lunch-time means people are missing out on important health benefits both from a nutritional, stress management and a relaxation perspective," said Cathy McDonald, a dietitian.

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