From curries and Chinese to pizza and our beloved fish and chips, the UK public loves its fast food, takeaways and restaurant meals. But how often do Britons indulge in these types of culinary treats, and how aware are people of their potentially unhealthy dietary habits?
To find some answers to these important questions, Pharmacy Outlet recently commissioned an independent, nationally representative survey among more than 2,000 UK adults. And the findings, which you may have spotted in i News, were remarkable.
Our research revealed that, on average, 27% of people eat fast food at least once a week. What’s more 38% of the population – 20 million of us – consume one or more ready meals per week.
On top of this, the study uncovered that 23% of UK adults order takeaways on a weekly basis, with 18% eating in a restaurant at least once every seven days. Elsewhere, the survey showed that a tenth (11%) of Brits eat leftovers on a regular basis, while 10% often share photos of their food on social media.
However, while this may seem like a light-hearted topic, the research also unearthed some more concerning results. In fact, we found out that a mere 26% of UK adults eat the recommended minimum of at least five portions of fruit and veg each day – plus, only 27% of people monitor their daily food intake, such as calories, fats and salt levels.
The findings point towards some potentially worrying health issues. Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at Pharmacy Outlet, explained: “Whether it’s a love of fine food or simply being too busy to cook, there are many factors in our lives that shape our diets. But our research has shown just how often the UK public is indulging in potentially unhealthy eating practices.
“The occasional takeaway, ready meal or restaurant dinner is absolutely fine. However, these foods are usually high in fats, salts and sugars – as such, people must be careful not to eat them excessively. What’s more, people have to ensure lots of water as well as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables form critical parts of their diets.”
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