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Table 1 Physicians' views of their workplace nutrition

From: Food for thought: an exploratory study of how physicians experience poor workplace nutrition

Impact of inadequate nutrition
Emotional symptoms Irritability, impatience, frustration, emotionally drained
Physical symptoms Tired, hungry, nauseated, feel unwell, hypoglycemic symptoms
Cognitive symptoms Can't focus, concentrate or think clearly, poor/slower decision making and performance, less efficiency
Negative impact on ability to complete work Decreased efficiency, lack of focus
Negative impact on interactions with colleagues, other health care professionals and patients Irritability, less gregarious
Barriers to nutrition
Lack of time Too busy, no time to eat, heavy workload, timing of work schedules
Limited access to nutrition and water and/or inconvenience Location of food stations, hours of operation, line ups, no areas to store food from home
Limited food choices In terms of quality, healthy foods, appeal, variety
Work ethic Need to get the work done, work and patients come first
Professionalism/doctors attitudes Inappropriateness of eating around patients, carrying food around, physician does not prioritize personal wellness
Impact of participating in a nutrition based wellness initiative
Increased awareness of workplace nutrition and impact Noted their own irregular or poor eating and drinking habits, increased awareness of link between nutrition patterns and mood and performance
Intention to change future nutrition habits Will snack and drink more regularly, will not skip meals