Author: Reginaldo Gomes
Program of Study: Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

Having lunch at office desk (

Research has found that more than half of Americans spend less than 30min on lunch break. As a Brazilian who recently moved to Chicago, I’ve been experiencing this in a firsthand. Why is the lunch break in America so short? What are the impacts on our health?



  • Average lunch-break time in America and different countries.

  • American perception about lunch break (OnePoll and Eggland’s Best).

  • Relation of lunch break time and impacts on health.