‘Unhealthy’ restaurant dining being driven by work stress, research suggests

Industry
10/08/2017 - 10:49
Diners’ unhealthy eating habits in restaurants are being driven by work and job stress, according to data from customer insight group Ordoo.

After analysing 20,000 restaurant food orders it was found that people’s behaviours shift from the weekday to the weekend and that there was a correlation between their work lives and ability to resist unhealthy food.

The data showed that people are twice as likely to make unhealthy choices during the week than they are at the weekend, with Thursday the least healthy day of the week as 29% of all orders were unhealthy.

More predictably, people are 23% more likely to eat healthily in summer than in winter and spring as as result of what Ordoo said was people ‘crash dieting’ in order to get ready for their holidays.

Coffee orders were found to spike on Monday afternoons to levels more than twice as high as any other afternoon of the week.

Ordoo chief executive, Tom Dewhurst, said: “It’s a truism that everyone starts crash dieting in the early summer in order to get ‘beach ready’, but our data can show getting ready for holidays may not be the whole truth about why people yoyo diet.

“From the way people binge on caffeine to get them through Monday afternoons to the way they are twice as likely to eat healthily at the weekend, these findings suggest that our stressful work lives have a recurring impact on our dietary choices.”

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