It's a common story. A group of colleagues go out for lunch and one of them is a slow eater, taking his or her time to finally clear the plate while everybody else watches on. In many countries, taking your time over a meal is pretty normal, according to data released by the OECD. People in France tend to spend the most time eating and drinking per day on average at 2 hours and 13 minutes. Their neighbors in Italy and Spain aren't too far behind, averaging more than two hours per day.
In Asia, people in South Korea spend about 1 hour and 45 minutes eating and drinking every day while those China average about 5 minutes less. Eating is a much faster experience in North America where Canadians spend an hour and five minutes eating and drinking per day while in the United States, it's just an hour and two minutes.