Always stress: when eating, there is no peace

Always stress: when eating, there is no peace

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There is a lack of time and rest for eating: Healthy comes before tasty
More than one in three Germans generally eats their main meal alone. This is the result of an investigation on behalf of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). 1,200 people aged 18 and over were asked about their eating habits in everyday life, leisure and work. Those who eat without company often look for entertainment. 35 percent of those surveyed watch TV while eating, surf the Internet or leaf through a magazine. For the majority of young people between the ages of 18 and 29, this makes food intake a minor matter. In general, men are more easily distracted when eating than women (40% versus 31%). For many singles, an accompanying program is also included with the meal.

On the other hand, if you cook well and like to cook, you usually want to enjoy the food with all your senses. This has the additional advantage that you do not lose track of the quantities eaten and usually also eat more slowly.

For every fourth respondent, food not only satisfies hunger, but also helps to overcome frustration. So the bar of chocolate or an XXL pizza becomes a soul consolation for lovesickness or stress at work. However, frustrations only make you feel good for a short time. At the latest when the pounds get more, the mood drops again. Nevertheless, this eating behavior is particularly common among young adults. With increasing age, many people apparently find other ways to deal with stress and tension. Couples (20%) and men (17%) have less frustration eaters than singles (27%) and women (30%). However, women also struggle more with their diet and observe themselves more closely.

In general, Germans' eating habits have developed positively. For 45 percent, it is primarily important that the food is healthy. The second criterion is taste (41%). Almost 80 percent of those surveyed prefer to buy regionally and seasonally, explains the TK. Organic food is still in demand, but new nutritional trends such as the Stone Age diet Paleo are also being tried. Few people completely avoid meat. 13 percent of respondents describe themselves as flexitarians. They mainly eat vegetarian food, but occasionally eat high-quality meat. For 41 percent of this group of people, this is once or twice a week. Almost 90 percent of Germans treat themselves to a meal at least once a day, which they eat at home with peace and pleasure.

If a healthy diet does not work, it is rarely due to a lack of knowledge (25%), but rather to time and rest in everyday life (56%). According to their own statements, further reasons are the lack of perseverance (46%), willpower (43%), money (29%) and cooking skills (28%). Heike Kreutz, aid

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