The average person spends just 41 minutes a day eating their breakfast, lunch and supper, with 16 per cent having the first meal of the day at their desks and 30 per cent eating lunch in the same way.

This is according to a survey carried out by drugs company Imodium, with found that on average, breakfast takes eight minutes to finish, lunch 13 minutes and 45 seconds, and supper 19 minutes and 27 seconds.

Some people are even eating breakfast while on public transport, it was also seen, while 16 per cent of younger people eat their first meal while standing in the kitchen. Where lunch is concerned, just 41 per cent actually sit at a table to have it. And perhaps most shockingly, four per cent actually eat their lunch behind the wheel of their car on a regular basis.

“It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it is full, so eating more slowly means you may eat less, and therefore safeguard your gut from digestive problems,” Dr Anton Emmanuel, gastroenterologist, was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.

We agree that it might be a bit tricky to make time during the busy working day to sit down at the kitchen table or in the canteen at work for breakfast and lunch, but it’s so important to pull up a chair and eat your supper off square design tablecloths in the evening.

Sitting down together as a family at least once a day is perhaps something we should all aspire to achieve. Do you manage to do this? Let us know in the comments below.