Whatever happened to the lunch hour?

More Americans than ever don’t even have ten minutes for an actual lunch break. Only 35 percent of employees in this country say they almost always take a lunch break, according to a survey by Right Management, an HR consulting firm. Another poll by the company last year found nearly 50 percent of U.S. workers consistently took time off for a midday meal…

It’s not just rank and file workers who are under the gun. A study by CareerBuilder found that about 40 percent of corporate executives brownbag their lunches, while only 19 percent eat out at a sit-down restaurant, and 17 percent get fast food.

And it’s women executives who seem most lunch adverse. More than half, or 57 percent, of women polled said they brought their lunch from home, compared to 36 percent among their male manager counterparts.