BRITAIN'S long-hours culture has killed lunch breaks, with almost nine out of 10 workers never having a full hour away from their desk, according to new research.

Office culture and fear of their boss are blamed by employees who are tied to their computer terminals for most of the day.

Lifestyle website www.real says its survey of 2,000 workers shows that two out of three complained that they were forced to eat lunch at their desk. Most of those who skipped a decent lunch break believed they did not reach their full potential, leaving them feeling dissatisfied.

Tim Rogers, founder of real, says that Britain's workers are over worked and over tired, adding: "Today, we spend our lunches as an extension of our already overburdened day, stressing over what we have yet to accomplish.

"Working long hours without a break increases workplace stress, contributes to low morale in the organisation and has serious health and safety implications.

"We would urge all employers and employees to turn over a new leaf for 2007 by taking proper breaks and recognising the importance and benefits of a good work-life balance."