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The majority of Germans eat together at fixed times of the day
According to a survey by the Apotheken Umschau, most Germans prefer to eat regularly at the same times of the day. According to the survey results, adherence to the fixed times is a particular concern.
Germans prefer to eat at fixed times. This was the result of a representative survey by GfK Marktforschung on behalf of the "Apotheken Umschau" magazine. Around 55 percent of the women and men surveyed stated that a fixed time of the meal was “very important” to them. The survey showed that steady relationships and children in the household have a strong influence on the structural organization of meal times. 88 percent of couples and families stated that they put “special value” on meals together and at least had dinner in the evening. Around 71 percent of the survey participants stated that they had breakfast together in the morning.
Regular daily routine protects against obesity
The trend from irregular eating to a structured daily routine seems to be becoming increasingly popular, especially in families. An AOK family study from 2010 showed that meals and family rituals protect children from an unhealthy overweight. Not all parents put the valuable advice into practice. Around 16 percent of all children under the age of 12 in Germany are considered overweight. (sb)
Structured daily routine protects against overweight
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