Why You Shouldn’t Eat Lunch at Your Desk

The reason will surprise you.

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Focusing on weighty work matters while you have lunch can be distracting and lead to mindless eating, which often means overeating. Hygiene is another problem. Your desk may have up to 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, according to WebMD.com. If you’re a desk diner, be sure to wipe down your workspace with disinfectant and paper towels frequently. And don’t get crumbs in your keyboard.

Need ideas on where to eat?

  • Head outside for lunch al fresco.
  • Bring your lunch to the office cafeteria.
  • Find an empty conference room and eat lunch with co-workers.

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