One in six young peo­ple eat fast food ‘twice a day’

Malta Independent - - HEALTH -

One in six young peo­ple eat fast food twice a day, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of the na­tion’s eat­ing habits.

The Good Food Na­tion Sur­vey found that most peo­ple ate fast food on aver­age two days per week.

But in the 16 to 20-year-old cat­e­gory, one in six ate fast food at least twice a day, with one in eight among 21 to 34-year-olds eat­ing as fre­quently.

The study of more than 5,000 peo­ple found that half of them thought “a meal isn’t a meal with­out meat”.

How­ever, the same pro­por­tion were un­aware of how much meat is a rec­om­mended daily amount.

The Depart­ment of Health ad­vises an aver­age of no more than 70g per day, which is the equiv­a­lent of two-and-a-half rash­ers of ba­con.

But nearly one in four peo­ple thought the rec­om­mended amount of meat was at least dou­ble that.

The sur­vey found that a fifth of men (21%), and 32% of 16 to 21year-old men and women, ate meat at least three times a day.

The typ­i­cal adult now eats meat at least twice a day and has only six meat-free days a month.

Chris­tine Hayes, brand edi­to­rial di­rec­tor of Good Food, said it showed it was “easy to be con­fused about the amount of meat one can en­joy while still eat­ing a healthy, balanced diet”.

She added: “Those who do eat meat can still cook a Sun­day roast and eat the oc­ca­sional steak when balanced with some meat-free dishes.”

The sur­vey found that two in five peo­ple aged 21 to 34-yearolds had posted a photo of a meal they had cooked, on so­cial net­work­ing sites such as In­sta­gram.

A third had posted a photo of a meal they had eaten in a res­tau­rant.

And al­most one in three have been in­spired to cook a meal af­ter see­ing a photo on so­cial me­dia.

Also, 43% in that age group used the in­ter­net on their mo­bile phones to find a recipe while 26% will fol­low a video recipe on their phone.

The same pro­por­tion of peo­ple were in­flu­enced by YouTube when pur­chas­ing food.

Among the other find­ings of the sur­vey, more than a quar­ter of adults al­ways or al­most al­ways skipped eat­ing break­fast.

When it came to the 21 to 34year-old age group, one in four said they missed break­fast most of the time.

This age group was also the one most likely to skip eat­ing lunch.

How­ever they were the gen­er­a­tion most likely to ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, with 86% claim­ing they did so.

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