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Survey suggests 37% of people eat two snacks a day


Almost two in five people snack at least twice a day between meals, figures show.

A new poll found that 37% of UK adults grab a bite to eat between breakfast, lunch and dinner.

And more than one in 10 (13%) even snack after they’ve had an evening meal every night of the week, according to the survey conducted to mark Gut Week, which is run by digestive charities Core and the IBS Network.

The survey of 2,000 adults found that many are spending less and less time eating their meals, with a quarter saying that they spend under five minutes on breakfast and a third admitting to wolfing down their lunch in less than 10 minutes.

IBS Network medical adviser Dr Nick Read said: “It’s important to allow enough time for digestion and to eat at set times.

“Rushing to finish a meal or snacking ‘on the go’ can hinder digestion leading to bloating, abdominal pain and bowel upset.

“Eating just before going to bed impairs sleep and can lead to emotional tension and indigestion the next day.”


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Readers' comments (3)

  • wow, now we know that rushing a meal or eating on the go is not good for you - try telling that to the managers of thousands of nurses who barely get time to have a drink let alone anything to eat on their shift.
    eating at a set time - hmm, bit difficult when you work shifts.
    this is rather a pointless article.

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  • working shifts you cannot eat any meal or snack at the same time every day.

    If we worked a shift, once or twice a week which incorporated a lunch or supper break, this was half an hour and if we chose to have a hot meal in the canteen this sometimes resulted in up to five minutes finding a colleague to say you were going for your break and a brief explanation of anything important, walk to the lifts and up to five minutes waiting for a lift, at least five minutes selecting a meal and waiting in the queue to pay for it and then leaving five minutes before the break ended to get back to the ward on time! the average was 10 to 15 minutes to eat and digest your meal and 20 minutes sometimes if you were lucky and occasionally even less!
    Many years of this, I should imagine, affects you for the rest of your life.

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  • "Almost two in five people snack at least twice a day between meals, figures show."

    I suspect many were telling porky pies (no pun intended). It's more than two in five!!

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