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Lunch breaks… remember those? 

If you work in an office where eating at your desk (or while standing at the counter in the office kitchen) is pretty much standard, you will identify with this latest video from College Humor. In fact, you'll probably identify with it as you brush crumbs off your desk from that Londis roll you ate in front of your computer earlier.

The too-close-to-home video, titled "Your Desk: The Hottest New Lunch Spot," hits the nail on the head when it comes to sad desk lunches. Whether your go-to is eating a "limp salad while gazing vacantly at a HuffPo article," or a "vending machine pastry hastily scarfed in the middle of a conference call," you'll see a little bit of your 9-5 life in this video.

As for the "mayo-covered keyboard" from the "mayo-covered menu," who hasn't fallen foul of a messy sandwich while at their desk?

This is a must-see for any office workers out there. But, before watching it, we suggest you take a lunch break… an ACTUAL lunch break.


Some days work is just too hectic to make proper time for lunch, and the only option is to inhale  a ready-made sandwich at your desk while trying to get other tasks done.

However a new study discovered that eating meals away from home on a regular basis could contribute to weight gain, loss of nutrients and higher cholesterol.

Researchers focused on over 8,000 participants in the UK during the course of five years and discovered that where we eat our meals has just as much impact as what we are actually eating.

"We found participants who ate six or more meals a week away from home had a higher body mass index and lower concentrations of high-density lipoprotein – a molecule that removes excess cholesterol from the blood," said Ashima Kant, the leader of the study. 

She noted that the results did not just relate to those who ate fast food but also those who ate healthy pre-prepared choices.

According to recent figures, almost one third of Irish women are overweight, and over one quarter are obese.

While it can be impossible to eat fresh, homemade food at your kitchen table for every meal, perhaps the key here is to at least try to eat breakfast and dinner at home if nothing else!